Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler

In the Name of Their Mothers

DVD - 2011
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This is the story of 29-year-old Irena Sendler, who saw the suffering of Warsaw's Jews, reached out to her most trusted colleagues for help, and outwitted the Nazis during World War II. Together, they rescued over 2,500 Jewish children. Expertly captured is the will and character of the women of the resistance against the backdrop of occupied Poland.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, c2011.
ISBN: 9781608834822
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 11, 2013

This is the story of 29-year-old Irena Sendler---a Polish Roman Catholic nurse/social worker who served in the Polish Underground during World War II. As head of children's section of ┼╗egota---an underground resistance organization in German-occupied Warsaw, Sendler smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto, saving those children during the Holocaust. The Nazis eventually discovered her activities and placed her in a cell of the notorious Gestapo prison. Then they tortured her, and sentenced her to death. One of her cell mates was a strong-willed woman. Irena recounts that this woman was tortured many times. One day, a Gestapo officer told her to give the names of the hidden children. She refused. Then the officer brought in her 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. The officer told her that, unless she disclosed the names, he would kill her children. Indeed, he killed her daughter and then her son in front of her eyes. But she didn't give up the names. Eventually she was killed. Now it was Irena's turn. She was called for execution, but at the last minute, one member of the Polish resistance bribed the guard, who let her out of the prison. Irena survived the war. In 1965, Irena was recognized by the State of Israel as a Righteous among the Nations. Late in life she was awarded Poland's highest honor for her wartime humanitarian efforts. She appears on a silver 2009 Polish commemorative coin honoring some of the Polish Righteous among the Nations. She died peacefully in 2008 at the age of 98. It is a really fascinating and thought-provoking documentary.


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