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.