FROM THE WEB EDITOR:
On behalf of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation
May 13th 2008
Irena Sendler, a person admired by all of us, passed away on the 12th of May 2008 in Warsaw Poland at the age of 98.
Her heroic efforts to smuggle out and safely place in hiding 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto led to her arrest.
She was tortured and condemned to death by the Nazis.
Members of the Zegota underground managed to secure her release.
Despite her brush with death her courage allowed her to continue helping those in need. Yad Vashem recognised Irena Sendler as Righteous Among Nations in 1965. She received the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest civilian decoration.
For her selfless courage, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. May her shining example continue to inspire us.