Irena Sendler…Righteous Gentile

2011 October 15
by justrand

As a child I believed the Nobel Peace Prize was, well, noble. Maybe it was once. Now it should be called the “Ignoble Peace Prize”…or simply ignored as the joke it has become.

In 2009 the Nobel Committee awarded the “Peace Prize” to Barack Obama…having nominated him for this TWO WEEKS after he took office. NOTHING he did in the remaining EIGHT MONTHS of his first year was considered…they awarded him the prize based on his FIRST TWO WEEKS! Like many folks, I thought this was the lowest point the Ignoble folks could sink to…I was wrong. The 2009 award to Obama was a travesty…what they did two years before was even worse.

In 2007 the Ignoble Committee awarded the “Peace Prize” to alGore…for a PowerPoint presentation on his contrived “Global Warming Hysteria”. The slideshow was riddled with half-truths, wild conjecture and outright lies…but it fit the political spin of the Ignoble Committee and that was all that mattered.

But in order to award alGore the prize in 2007 the Committee needed to shunt aside a true hero…or rather, heroine. Irena Sendler (nee Krzyzanowska) was nominated that year as well, but the Committee ignored what she had done, in favor of the obese Global Warming huckster. This is who they ignored, and what she did…

When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, Irena was 29 years old…and a lovely woman. As a Catholic she might have been able to remain relatively safe, but she chose a different path. Irena joined the Zegota, an underground organization set up to save Jews from the Nazis, and later led the children’s bureau of the organization.

Soon after the Germans herded 450,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto, Irena volunteered to work in the Ghetto as a “Plumbing/Sewer specialist”. This allowed her to travel to and from the Ghetto in her work…and allowed her to personally smuggle out over 400 babies in the bottom of a tool box she kept in the back of her truck. She also led a band of 30 other volunteers, and guided them in smuggling out over 2,500 Jewish babies. Irena kept a dog in the back of the truck that she had trained to bark when the Nazis let her in & out of the Ghetto…keeping the Nazi soldiers at bay, and masking the cries of the children.  The multiple ruses that she and the others used to save these children is truly mind boggling…and terrifying.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out- in a jar buried in her backyard. This record was so precious to her that when she was ultimately captured and tortured she refused to divulge its existence. Both her legs and both her arms were broken during the torture…she never gave up the children or the organization. She hoped to re-unite some of the children with their families after the war, only to find that most of the families had been gassed by the Nazis. But the children survived!

In 1965, Mrs. Sendler was named a “Righteous Gentile” by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Poland’s Communist leaders did not allow her to travel to Israel, and so she wasn’t presented with the award until 1983.

Irena died May 12, 2008…she was 98. A courageous woman, a righteous gentile…a truly noble person. May God grant her eternal peace…that’s a prize she truly earned.

16 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 October 15 4:40 pm
    justrand permalink

    my deepest thanks to IP727…he brought this story to me, and it enriched my life just to know of it, and her. Thank you!

  2. 2011 October 15 5:21 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    If it wasn’t for BJG I never would have known about Irena Sendler. She was truly a courageous and unbelievable woman. No media coverage regarding her Nobel nomination at all.

    We all know that the Nobel, Pulitzer and many other awards are based on political considerations. This simply confirms it.

  3. 2011 October 15 5:23 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I do find the term “Rightous Gentile” somewhat condescending. Perhaps it loses something in the translation.

  4. 2011 October 15 5:46 pm
    justrand permalink

    bc3b, it’s a strange term to be sure…but it is meant as a high honor!

  5. 2011 October 15 6:32 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #3 I think I understand it. The Bible and Torah separate Jew and Gentile, so they did this when they gave her the title. I think they were trying to elevate the word Gentile to the Jewish people, if that makes sense. I’d like to look that up, but I am pretty sure I’m correct.

  6. 2011 October 15 6:34 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Deckard might know.

  7. 2011 October 15 6:46 pm
    JustMary permalink

    From wiki: Righteous among the Nations (Hebrew: חסידי אומות העולם‎, khassidey umot ha-olam “righteous (plural) of the world’s nations”), also translated as Righteous Gentiles[citation needed] is an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.

    The term originates with the concept of “righteous gentiles,” a term used in rabbinical Judaism to refer to non-Jews, as ger toshav and ger zedek, who abide by the Seven Laws of Noah.

  8. 2011 October 15 7:08 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Great post and thread.

  9. 2011 October 15 7:38 pm
    Deckard permalink

    #7 – bingo. The Torah was originally given to Moses and the children of Israel, signifying where they stood with the LORD in comparison to the other tribes and peoples of Earth – only they were specifically given instructions on WHO the true GOD of the Earth was – and HOW He was to be properly worshipped at that time. The Gentiles (aka goyyim, not part of the original 12 tribes – or absorbed with the Hebrews during the Exodus) were not granted that privilege.

    In addition, prior to very recent history, it was not common for a non-Jew to show compassion for, or care about the Jewish people – and their role as GOD’s special chosen people – even after Jesus Christ’s appearance on the planet. For a non-Jew to risk as much as she did (life and limb) for the Jews was remarkable. It places her up there with Ms. Corrie Ten Boom and Mr. Oskar Schindler.

  10. 2011 October 15 7:56 pm
    justrand permalink

    thx to Deckard and JM for the additional research and clarifications.

    I look at Irena Sendler and wonder “What would she, who risked EVERYTHING for others, think of the mindless drones infesting ‘Wall Street’ in search of FREE STUFF??”

    Even a righteous person as she would surely SHUN THEM!!

  11. 2011 October 15 8:06 pm
    justrand permalink

    and then there’s Al Sharpton…when he flew to Israel in 1991 to further his race-baiting that started a race-riot in NY when a Jewish driver killed a pedestrian in an auto-accident, he said this (when told to “Go to Hell!”)
    I am in hell already,” Sharpton replied. “I am in Israel.

    Yet American Jews CONTINUE to support the Democrat Party????

  12. 2011 October 15 9:09 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    I see over on Drudge that the G20 gave Europe 8 days to get their act together.


    These clowns could not get their act together if they had 8 decades.

    It requires hard decisions and they just don’t have it in them.

    Crap, we (most not all) don’t have it in us to do the heavy lifting and sacrifices to get us back on track. The Euroweenies even have less than us.

    Train wreck.

  13. 2011 October 15 9:40 pm
    JBoz permalink

    As much as the Nobel committee’s blatant leftist leanings are, I have to say that the day that Obama was given the Nobel Prize was the day that America collectively said “What the…? Wait a second!” And that was the point where the emperor’s clothes came off. So congratulations Nobel committee, and thank you – you have succeeded in making yourselves irrelevant, and simultaneously flipped on America’s light switch.

  14. 2011 October 15 11:06 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #13 Agreed-ish. There are still too many people who think the prize still means something. WE knew it was crap, but there are those who were too “Nobel-pure” to get it.

  15. 2011 October 15 11:12 pm
    Deckard permalink

    jr#11: I am not in a position to judge anyone – far be from it. Yet due to simple observation, the “Reverend” title in front of Al Sharpton’s and Jesse Jackson’s names doesn’t seem to fit them well, IMHO. They cause more division than harmony.

    Kind of like some of the so-called “reverends” that I see on the Trinity Broadcasting Network . . .

    It bears repeating – Jews are committed to the Democrat Party due to ideological hopes and dreams for (hopefully) helping their fellow man. It’s their easy version of mitzvah (good deeds). They were under that delusion in Eastern Europe and Russia at the turn of the 20th century and wound up supporting communists who only wanted their (the Jews’) demise. Their ideology supercedes what should be their loyalty to their fellow Jewish person (especially in Israel). And some of them wound up bringing it over to the U.S. under the guise of the A.C.L.U. and various other liberal fronts. It’s a utopian ideal – but like most utopian ideals – they work very well in a vacuum scenario – but fail miserably in the real world.

  16. 2011 October 16 5:57 am
    justrand permalink

    Deckard, I usually put “Reverend” in quotes when I mention alSharpton, Jesse Jackson, “Reverend” Wright, and a few other charlatans. They use the term as part of their scam, and have a very harsh judgement awaiting them someday, IMHO.

    I also write alSharpton and alGore like this because they more in common with alJazzeera and alQueda than they do with America.

    I have no problem judging them! 🙂

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