Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Honouring a Hero

By Belinda

A few months ago, Paul and I watched Irena Sendler In the Name of Their Mothers , an excellent movie about a Polish social worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War.          

 Irena Sendler, died in 2008 at the age of 98 and was a woman of great faith, courage and heroism. This beautiful music was composed and dedicated to her: Sleeping with the Angels--Irena Sendler Symphony.

While I was at my writers' group yesterday evening, having a Night of Suspense, Paul was also out at the first meeting of a committee he was asked to sit on, to help plan a garden in Toronto in memory of holocaust victims. It turned out that he was the only man, and the only non Jewish person on the committee. An elderly woman on the committee revealed that when she was 8 years old, she was one of the children rescued from the Warsaw Ghetto by Irena Sendler!

When Paul and I had a chance to talk over breakfast and I found out that he had met this woman, whom he will be working with over the next few weeks, I thought about the link that she is with the past and the mysterious way God connects people.

Today I honour her memory and hope that perhaps someone who didn't know about her will discover a hero.

5 comments:

Susan said...

On a night when sleep eludes me (at least for a part of it), I have read your words, followed each link and am moved to tears. What an incredible woman. What an unbelievable story... Although I am saddened to the depth of my being once again by man's ability and even propensity to cause such pain to one another, I am encouraged by this woman's life and the choices and sacrifices she made. Her words will haunt me, "I could have done more..."

Thank you for introducing me to someone I would otherwise not likely have known about...

Belinda said...

I am happy that one more person knows...

Marilyn said...

I'm hooked and will be exploring her legacy as well. Thanks!

Dave Hingsburger said...

Us too! You know that we are interested in this historical period. We'll be getting this. Thanks for the recommendation.

MoralHeroes said...

Wow, that is an amazing tale! Irena is an amazing woman and to be able to hear from someone first hand who lived because of her is amazing. I am waiting to see the film myself when it comes out!

You might be interested to know that Irena is featured as the Hero of the Week on my blog at MoralHeroes.org

You can read about her directly at http://moralheroes.org/irena-sendler