There recently was a death of a 98 year Polish woman named Irena. During WWII, Irena Sendler, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, (being German).
She smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids). She also had a dog in the back, that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in, and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, and arms, and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out, and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it, and reunited the family. Most of course had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes, or adopted.
Irena Sendler became a candidate to receive the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, exclusively for her tenacious compassion, her incredible courage, and her refusal to allow the harm of others, despite the physical harm brought to herself.
When I reflect upon her model behavior, her heroism inspires me to see how much more I could be doing, how much better focused my efforts could be, and how much more deeply I can still commit to the welfare of others.
Thank you, Irena. You’ve “saved” so many more by your example.