撒手西归。她的名字叫艾丽娜 ( Irena Sendler )，也被
许多人称为 '犹太孩儿的母亲' 或 '犹太儿的保护神'。
她在华沙集中营( Warsaw Ghetto)当义工。
An era comes to an end today (12th May 2008).
(此文转贴自uzar.wordpress.com/2008/05/12 irena - sendlerowa - dies)
Irena Sendlerowa, née Krzyżanowska, born July 15, 1910
in Otwock, near Warsaw, who saved more than 2,500
Jewish children during WWII, died at the age of 98.
She was known as the “Mother of all Jewish children”,
the “Saviour” or simply “Irena” by the thousands of
children who were pulled out of the Ghetto, hidden
or simply smuggled out of Warsaw during the horrors
of the Nazi Holocaust.
Her unwavering courage and unshakable determination
is a lesson to us all. Irena joined the Council for Aid to
Jews(Żegota) in 1942 and became the head of the
Children’sDivision. She got to work immediately
making regular tripsto the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto
to bring aid to the little ones.
Every time she entered the Ghetto, Irena would put
on a Starof David armband as a mark of solidarity with
the plight of the Jews.
Appalled by what she saw, Irena smuggled as many
Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto as she could,
knowing fullwell that this was their only hope of survival.
Those were did not die in the Ghetto were shipped out
and slaughtered in the Nazi concentration camp of
Treblinka. Irena had to endure brutal torture at the
hands of the Gestapo,when she was caught and
imprisoned in 1943.She was sentenced to death but
was miraculously savedby Żegota.
Rather thanbecome disheartened or frightened by
the brutality of the Nazis and her capture, she became
a more impassioned activist saving many, many more
children. Irena kept all the names and details of the
children shesaved on slips of paper. She was forced to
conceal and change the identities of all the Jewish she
saved in orderfor them to survive. Many returned to Irena
after the war to trace their roots and, if possible, their
She was recognised as Righteous Among the Nations by
the YadVashem in 1965 and nominated for the Nobel
Peace Prize in 2007. (the eventual winner was Al Gore).