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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Irena Sendler, "Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto," Catholic Social Teaching Champion, "Female Schindler," Nobel Prize Nominee, "Righteous Among the Nations"

As per a 2008 obituary by Jill Stanek,

  • "Irena Sendler - a Polish social worker who helped save some 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto and giving them false identities - has died....Sendler served as a social worker with the city's welfare department, masterminding the risky rescue operations of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany's brutal World War II occupation....Under the pretext of inspecting the ghetto's sanitary conditions during a typhoid outbreak, Sendler and her assistants went inside in search of children who could be smuggled out and given a chance of survival by living as Catholics. Babies and small children were smuggled out in ambulances and in trams, sometimes wrapped up as packages. Teenagers escaped by joining teams of workers forced to labor outside the ghetto. They were placed in families, orphanages, hospitals or convents....In 1965, Sendler became one of the first so-called Righteous Gentiles honored by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem for wartime heroics."

We are certainly not the first Catholics to be challenged with an absolute assault on young human lives. Will Catholics of Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District stand up for human life and refuse to elect those who advocate abortion & embryonic stem cell research? How will our grandchildren and great grandchildren remember us?

Irene Sendler's story is really just beginning to be told....

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