Irena Sendler. 1910-2008

A 98 year-old Polish woman named Irena Sendler  during WWII, worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids’ and infants’ noises. Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. She eventually was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her backyard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited some of the families. Most had been killed. She helped those children get placement into foster family homes or adopted. In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won – for a slide show on Global Warming.

Sitting here all choked up complete with the waterworks, I felt my gullible button was pushed once again. Stop, this must just be more Al Gore bashing? Quickly hopped over to Snopes, most certain this was another urban legend that my father so generous shares with his entire email list. The tears were not in vain. Snopes: TRUE!