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Celebrating Women’s History Month 2023: Uncovering Courageous Women Of The Past:Irena Sendler

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2023.  There are so many stories uncovering courageous women of the past that have forged the path and created opportunities for women today. They stand testament to a women’s character of strength, tenacity, and loving caring power. These women displayed living a life of truth to self despite all odds. Of course, their path is different than yours, or mine, but reading their stories gives us inspiration to accept the power we all have when we confront our truth, overcome our fears, and live the life we know we are meant to have. So as an ode to women everywhere the fourth and last story is about Irena Sendler.

Irene Sendler

Irena Sendler was a Polish social worker and humanitarian who is known for her heroic efforts to rescue Jewish children during the Holocaust.  Born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 155, 1910, Sendler grew up in Catholic family and was raised to value social justice and human rights.

During World War II, Sendler was a member of the Polish Underground, a resistance movement that worked to oppose Nazi occupation and protect Jewish citizens.  Sendler used her position as a social worker to gain access to the Warsaw Ghetto, where she helped to smuggle Jewish children out of the ghetto and into safe hiding places.

Sendler and her colleagues created a network of over 20 safe houses and orphanages, where they his Jewish children and provided them with false identities.  In total, Sendler and her team saved approximately 2,500 Jewish children from certain death at the hands of the Nazis.

Despite the risks involved, Sendler continued her work until she was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943.  She was tortured and sentenced to death, but managed to escape when her colleagues bribed a guard to release her.  Sendler went into hiding and continued to work with the Polish Underground until the end of the war.

After the war, Sendler remained active in social work and continued to fight for human rights.  In 1965, she was recognized by yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, a title given to non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Irena Sendler passed away on May 12, 2008, at the age 98.  Her courageous actions and humanitarianism continue to inspire people around the world to this day.

The four women remembered on this blog in celebration of Women’s History Month 2023 are a few of the many women throughout history that have lived courageously, inspiring others to believe in their dreams and follow their hearts.