Irena Sendler: A Little Known Holocaust Hero

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What is the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the word Holocaust? Some of the words you generally hear are genocide, devastating, sad, and evil, just to name a few. How often do you hear people describe or talk about the acts of compassion and good that came from the Holocaust? Not very often. It is a crazy concept to think that something good could come from the Holocaust where “five to six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime, its allies, and its surrogates” (Jones 223). However, there were still people that stood up for what they believed in and did whatever they could to make a difference, even if it meant death for them. There are many different people who are heroes of the Holocaust such as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, and Giovanni Palatucci. This paper will focus on a hero that was not as well known. Her name is Irena Sendler. Sendler’s constant courage every single day changed the fate of at least 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. Throughout this paper you will learn a little bit more about Sendler, her background, what she did during the Holocaust, the four girls that first brought attention to Sendler here in the United States, and how she is remembered today. Sendler was born on February 15th, 1910 in Warsaw Poland. She was an only child and grew up in a Catholic family in Otwock, Poland. Sendler “grew up in a family that instilled values in her and taught her to love others” (Pulgarin-Bilvao 278). Sendler’s

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