Woman Saved 2,500 Lives during the Holocaust, but No One Knew Until Kansas Students Shed Light on her Story

Life by This Buzz on August 8, 2017

“If you see someone drowning you must try to rescue them, even if you cannot swim,” said Irena Sendler’s well-respected physician father on his deathbed when she was just 7 years old.  Sendler took that message and made it her life’s mission to help others, including 2,500 people whose lives she saved during the Holocaust.

Sendler, who was born a Catholic in Warsaw, Poland, became a licensed nurse at the Warsaw Social Welfare Department, “near one of the worst areas for Jewish families during World War II: the Warsaw Ghetto,” FaithTap reports. There she handed out food, clothing, etc. to families in desperate need of help, but that just wasn’t enough. The kind and compassionate nurse put her life on the line many times, was beaten and jailed, but what she ultimately did to help the Jewish people is truly remarkable…

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