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Georg F. Duckwitz
Hans & Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement
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" He who changes one person, changes the world entire"
Irena Sendler was a Polish catholic social worker who served in the Polish Underground and the Zegota during World War One. Irena Sendler was born in Feburary 15, 1910 in Warsaw, Russian Empire, and died in May 12 2008 at the age of 98.
Irena Sendler was the head of the childrens bureau of Zegota, an underground organisation that saved the lives of Jews in Poland after the Nazi invasion in 1939. With the help of about 30 volenteers, Irena smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and provided them with false identification documents and saved those children from being killed in the Holocause.
If Ireana Sendler were to be caught by the Gestapo she would be tortured and sentanced to death. If anyone was found hiding a Jew their consequences would be harsh and execution was one of the punishments.
In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo. She was severely tortured and sentanced to death. Irena got lucky. The Zegota saved her by bribing German guards on the way to her execution. During the end of World War One, Irena lived in hiding but still continued to work for the children. Zegota assured to the children that when the war was over, they would return back to their Jewish relatives, but almost all of their parents had been killed at the Treblinka extermination camp or had gone missing... Irena Sendler was a hero to those Jewish children.
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