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Monday, June 02, 2008

Requiem aeternam dona eis...

Since I have a lot of Jewish friends, I got this in my email today:

Irena Sendler passed away on Monday May 12th, 2008 at 8:00 am CEST in Warsaw, Poland. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 15th at noon CEST in Warsaw. Memorial services are planned in numerous places, including Fort Scott, KS.

The life of Irena Sendler was one of great testimony, one of courage and love, one of respect for all people, regardless of race, religion and creed. She passed away peacefully, knowing that her message goes on. Our hearts and prayers go out to her worldwide family. She is gone, but will never be forgotten. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she live most of her young life in Otwock. Irena Sendlerowa led the rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust in World War II. She was recently nominated* for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her legacy of repairing the world continues, as good continues to triumph over evil. Irena Sendlerowa was 98 years old.

The web site tells more about Irena's life (under home page and additional information). The Life in a Jar students who brought her story to worldwide attention, continue to share her legacy and the play (Life in a Jar) to people all over the world.

She smuggled babies in a secret compartment under plumbing tools in her bag, and also older infants under folds of burlap. She would write the names of the children on two slips of tissue paper and put each slip in a different jar and she'd bury each jar in widely different locations. She was arrested and was tortured (she had both legs and feet fractured) but she would not reveal anything. After being sentenced to death, she managed to escape via a fake execution.

In recognition of her heroism and sacrifice, the postwar Soviet puppet government in Poland branded her, naturally, a Fascist.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.



*Click here to see the winner.


  • At 7:13 PM, June 03, 2008 , Blogger Joseph Fromm said...

    Dear Joe,
    As a Polish Americian it warms my heart to hear of this wonderful lady. The first thing that comes to my mind after reading her story, is. I'll bet you this is an aspiration to Pope John Paul the Great's classic word's of evagelization, "Be not afraid!"



  • At 1:26 AM, June 05, 2008 , Blogger Joe said...

    There is an aspect of "Be Not Afraid-ness" that comes with heroic virtue, such as hers.



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