In 2008 there occurred the death of a 98 year old lady named Irena Sendler. During World War Two, Irena was granted permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a nurse.
Irena as a young woman
She had an ulterior motive - she was German and knew what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews. Irena smuggled infants out in the tool box that she carried in the bottom of her truck. 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 didn't want anything to do with the dog, and the barking hid the noise of the children/infants.
During this time, Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 children/infants. Eventually, she was caught and the Nazis broke both her arms and legs, and beat her severely. Irena kept a name of all those she had smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried in her garden.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that might have survived, and reunited the families. Many had been gassed, so many of the children she rescued were placed in foster family homes, or were adopted.
In 2007, Irena was put up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected - Al Gore won with a slide show on Global Warming. And that's where the title of this post comes in.
Irena died on the 12th May 2008, being nursed by one of the children that she had saved from the gas chamber.
This brave lady should not be forgotten.
Irena Sendler - 1910 - 2008.