15 February 1910 — 12 May 2008
The Holocaust was one of the most terrible events in modern history; but throughout this period, incredible courage and resistance were shown by ordinary people. One such person was Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse and social worker, who was able to visit the Warsaw ghetto and smuggle Jewish babies and children to safety. The network that she ran is estimated to have saved the lives of 2,500 children, giving them new names and placing them in the care of Polish families. The children’s true names were hidden on lists buried in jars, so that after the war they could be reunited with their relatives. Irena wrote: ‘Every child saved with my help … is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.’.