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Monday, April 09, 2007

Heroine Irene Sendler

Soon there may be a Hollywood move of a Polish WWII heroine whose efforts to save 2,500 Jewish children putting her own life at risk.

Irena Sendler, 97 and still as sharp as a tack, was a Polish social worker who smuggled children out of the Warsaw ghetto. She kept track of them, as well as their original and new identities, burying the information in canning jars. She was arrested in 1943 by the Gestapo, tortured and sentenced to death but was saved on the way to her execution. She then continued her work while in hiding.

Her story was largely covered up after the war as the Soviets attached a stigma to those who successfully fought off occupiers.

The story was brought to light internationally about a decade ago when 4 school girls from Kansas researched her life for a term paper and were so taken by the true life story they raised money to actually track down and visit Irene in Poland.

A script writter has been hired and after the first draft they will approach a movie studio to sell the story.

At first only recognized by the Jewish children she saved, the rest of the world eventually caught onto her story, and Sendler was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

Jeff Most, one of the producers said, "It's one of the great untold stories from that war, and it's a reaffirming story that crosses religious lines. I don't know of another story like this."

More information on Irene: [Click Here]

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