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  • 16 February 2018

    The Polish parliament declared that 2018 will be Irena Sendler Year. To mark it together with Irena Sendler’s 108th birth anniversary, Consul General Krzysztof Grzelczyk opened the screening of “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” paying tribute to that incredible Polish woman, member of Zegota who risked her life to save thousands of Jewish children from the Holocaust.

    - We can't forget the courage and heroism of Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse who saved 2,500 Polish Jews from the Holocaust. We remember this incredible woman – Righteous Among The Nations – Consul General Krzysztof Grzelczyk said. The inauguration was attended by representatives of Diplomatic Corps from Germany and Ukraine, members of Polonia organizations and people who knew children saved by Polish heroine Irena Sendler. The inauguration was also a part of Irena Sendler’s 108th birth anniversary.

    The  screening of a Polish-American movie “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” was the point of the evening. The film tells the story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the German Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

    Irena Sendler was born on 15th February 1910. In the years 1939-1942, as an employee of Warsaw's municipal Social Welfare Department, she independently organised a network of twenty social workers who, first, helped helped her and then, later, led Jewish children out of the ghetto and placed them with families, orphanages and convents on the "Aryan side". From 1942, she was active with Żegota, the Council to Aid Jews. In recognition of her activities, in 1965 she was honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.

    12th May 2018 will mark the tenth anniversary of Irena Sendler's passing.



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