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Eclipsing Irena Sendler

By Greg L | 2 October 2009 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Normally a story this old wouldn’t inspire me to write about it with an election coming up so soon, but this is simply too powerful.

Last year, a woman you probably never heard of by the name of Irena Sendler passed away.  She was reportedly nominated for a Nobel Prize to honor her personal sacrifice in rescuing about three thousand people from the Warsaw Ghetto under the Nazi occupation, mostly young children and infants.  Her obituary from the Los Angeles Times is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read.  If this doesn’t qualify someone to receive a Nobel Prize, I can’t imagine that any mortal human could.

She studied at Warsaw University and was a social worker in Warsaw when the German occupation of Poland began in 1939. In 1940, after the Nazis herded Jews into the ghetto and built a wall separating it from the rest of the city, disease, especially typhoid, ran rampant. Social workers were not allowed inside the ghetto, but Sendler, imagining “the horror of life behind the walls,” obtained fake identification and passed herself off as a nurse, allowed to bring in food, clothes and medicine.

By 1942, when the deadly intentions of the Nazis had become clear, Sendler joined a Polish underground organization, Zegota. She recruited 10 close friends — a group that would eventually grow to 25, all but one of them women — and began rescuing Jewish children.

She and her friends smuggled the children out in boxes, suitcases, sacks and coffins, sedating babies to quiet their cries. Some were spirited away through a network of basements and secret passages. Operations were timed to the second. One of Sendler’s children told of waiting by a gate in darkness as a German soldier patrolled nearby. When the soldier passed, the boy counted to 30, then made a mad dash to the middle of the street, where a manhole cover opened and he was taken down into the sewers and eventually to safety.

Most of the children who left with Sendler’s group were taken into Roman Catholic convents, orphanages and homes and given non-Jewish aliases. Sendler recorded their true names on thin rolls of paper in the hope that she could reunite them with their families later. She preserved the precious scraps in jars and buried them in a friend’s garden.

In 1943, she was captured by the Nazis and tortured but refused to tell her captors who her co-conspirators were or where the bottles were buried. She also resisted in other ways. According to Felt, when Sendler worked in the prison laundry, she and her co-workers made holes in the German soldiers’ underwear. When the officers discovered what they had done, they lined up all the women and shot every other one. It was just one of many close calls for Sendler.

During one particularly brutal torture session, her captors broke her feet and legs, and she passed out. When she awoke, a Gestapo officer told her he had accepted a bribe from her comrades in the resistance to help her escape. The officer added her name to a list of executed prisoners. Sendler went into hiding but continued her rescue efforts.

Felt said that Sendler had begun her rescue operation before she joined the organized resistance and helped a number of adults escape, including the man she later married. “We think she saved about 500 people before she joined Zegota,” Felt said, which would mean that Sendler ultimately helped rescue about 3,000 Polish Jews.

When the war ended, Sendler unearthed the jars and began trying to return the children to their families. For the vast majority, there was no family left. Many of the children were adopted by Polish families; others were sent to Israel.

Amazingly, she was not awarded the Nobel Prize for these absolutely stunning acts of self-sacrifice, bravery, and love for humanity that rescued thousands of innocent people from certain death.  The prize committee thought someone else was more deserving, someone else had done more and sacrificed more, and was even more worthy of honor and recognition than this incredible heroine.  Just who could that have possibly been, you wonder? 

Instead of honoring Irena Sendler, the 2007 Nobel Prize was awarded jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice-President Al Gore for “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.” 

You just can’t make stuff like this up, because no one would ever believe it.

H/T: snopes.com 

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  1. Pat.Herve said on 2 Oct 2009 at 1:03 pm:
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    and what exactly is your point here??

    First off, I commend her for her bravery and courage that she stood up to what she saw as wrongdoing, and helped in what ever way she could. We need more people like that (although they are hard to find).

    Now, are you blaming Al Gore, that the Nobel Committee decided he should get the award?
    Are you blaiming the nominator for only nominating here once (although nominations are held secret for 50 years, so how to know how many times, or if ever she were nominated).
    Are you blaming the committee that she did not get the award??

    or are you just denying that there is global climate change?

    What about Schindler or Sir Winton?

  2. Tillie said on 2 Oct 2009 at 2:05 pm:
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    FYI, the Norwegian Parliament appoints the Norwegian Nobel Commission. They receive a number of nominations, the highest number so far being 199.

    As Pat writes, all nominations are secret and the nominators are told to keep their nominations secret. Consequently, there’s no way of knowing whether Irena Sendler has ever been nominated; she may have been nominated several times.

    The Peace Prize comm. has been known to chose some real duds, like Arafat, for example, and Kissinger who I don’t feel did much for the world. Individuals are up against organizations like Doctors without Borders, the American Friends Service Commission, people in the pubic eye like Bishop Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr, Elie Wiesel and on and on.

    Greg - If you feel so strongly about Irena Sendler, I suggest that you start a campaign to get her nominated for the Peace Prize. Send your nomination to Oslo and see what happens. Anybody is free to nominate anybody. You never know. Right now there aren’t many who are qualified for the honor IMHO.

    In no way is Al Gore responsible for his nomination and, least of all, for coming out on top.

  3. Freedom said on 2 Oct 2009 at 3:04 pm:
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    I get it and I get it loud and clear; once again political correctness wins over logic and reason. Whatever happened to “Global Warming” anyway?

  4. MaaddMaaxx said on 2 Oct 2009 at 3:16 pm:
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    Looks like the Trolls are busy today Greg.

    Irena Sendler, was overlooked for the award in favor of an anti-capitalist moron and his continuing rants in favor of the fiction of global warming.

    Global temperatures have been dropping for 10 years after rising slightly for the previous 20 after dropping for the previous 20.

    Are you trolls picking up on the pattern yet?

    Sun spot activity indicates the temps will continue to drop for the next 10 years.

    The myth of global warming is nothing but another attempt to expand government control of…everything.

    I humbly request all you global warming, sky is falling types move to California and wait to fall into the Pacific.

  5. Pat.Herve said on 2 Oct 2009 at 3:54 pm:
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    Before you attack the trolls, I guess you are referring to me, what is the point of the post?? We really do not know if she was *ever* nominated after 1959, do we??

    Well, why did she not win against:

    # 2001 - United Nations, Kofi Annan
    # 1994 - Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin
    # 1989 - The 14th Dalai Lama
    # 1988 - United Nations Peacekeeping Forces
    # 1973 - Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho
    # 1972 - The prize money for 1972 was allocated to the Main Fund
    # 1967 - The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
    # 1956 - The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section
    # 1955 - The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section

    It seems like she lost out to the “General Fund” more than she lost out to Al Gore. And She AND others should be/should have been honored for her bravery.

    You can say what you want about Global Climate Change, but it is a fact (Al Gore or not).

    If you are just trying to attack Al Gore, find a real topic.

  6. Greg L said on 2 Oct 2009 at 4:05 pm:
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    “Global warming” is a ridiculous hoax, and is being proven so at an astonishingly rapid clip. Global temperatures have actually cooled in the last five years.

    The problem here is not AlGore per se, but the looneys on the award committee who swallowed all this tripe to such an extent that they missed the opportunity to honor an actual hero during the last year of her life and instead decided to reward Man-Bear-Pig for foisting this chicken little charade on us. Gore created this hysteria, but the Nobel committee is fully responsible for leaping into their sychophantic hero-worship of someone remarkably undeserving of it.

    My point is that “global warming” nutcases, you included, are willing to throw even a genuine humanitarian hero under the bus in order to advance the notion that impoverishing the human race is the proper alms to lay upon the altar of Gaia-worship. Whether this is preferable to the notion that abortion helps reduce global warming by reducing the number of people using carbon-emitting energy I’ll leave to someone else to handle, though. To me it’s equally appalling.

    But the point remains that “global warming” acolytes are simply insane. Completely bonkers, out of their minds, wrap-em-in-straight-jackets nuts.

  7. Pat.Herve said on 2 Oct 2009 at 4:25 pm:
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    was she even nominated??? We will find out in 49 years.

    Global Climate Change is real, and you can call me any name you like.

  8. Freedom said on 2 Oct 2009 at 5:18 pm:
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    When irrefutable evidence revealed that global temperatures were actually cooling rather than warming (have you ever seen a more mild summer than we’ve had this year?) the “Global Warming” people just had to change the name of their cause…”global warming” didn’t work anymore.

    “Climate change” IS real!!! Did you EVER expect the climate to be static? It never has been, what a revelation! Oh, and have you heard, “climate change” caused the earthquake/tsunami in the Pacific and is the reason that the Olympics are going to Rio, rather than Chicago. Pathetic!

  9. NotMoonHowler said on 2 Oct 2009 at 5:55 pm:
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    Yeah - those trolls must be very bored….nothing much happening on the anti site today?
    You can’t talk to these people, unless you like talking to brick walls.

  10. Groveton said on 2 Oct 2009 at 9:59 pm:
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    One year …

    Gordon Moore …

    “The complexity for minimum component costs has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year … Certainly over the short term this rate can be expected to continue, if not to increase. Over the longer term, the rate of increase is a bit more uncertain, although there is no reason to believe it will not remain nearly constant for at least 10 years. That means by 1975, the number of components per integrated circuit for minimum cost will be 65,000. I believe that such a large circuit can be built on a single wafer.”.

    The literal first version of Moore’s Law. Gordon Moore would refine his law over the years.

    He has been right for 44 years.

    No other observation in my lifetime has had such a profound effect on society.

    Gordon Moore for the Nobel Prize.

    I mean, really, compare Moore to Gore.

  11. Tillie said on 2 Oct 2009 at 11:01 pm:
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    Just looked up Moore. An amazing man. He should get the prize. Again, maybe he has already been nominated a few times, but you know, it’s like everything else today. You gotta hype everything, you gotta make noise get on the news, in magazines and papers. Name recognition has become the name of the game. Pretty sure that’s what got Gore the prize.

    From what I read, Moore seems pretty satisfied with his retired life on the Pacific and not very likely to toot his own horn.

    Send in his name!!!

  12. Just the Facts said on 3 Oct 2009 at 3:24 pm:
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    The 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics was purely a political nod to Obama and his hangers-on. The Nobel Committee went back thirty years (1979) to find a ten-page article to justify awarding the prize to Paul Krugman, who was a major spinner of and spokesperson for Obama’s economic plans during the campaign. The Committee did its part, as did the major media in the U.S., to promote and lend credibility to Obama’s campaign.

    Krugman has produced some serious academic research but is known primarily as a left-wing polemicist. He has written extensively, but a search of Amazon shows Krugman’s works are primarily textbooks that he co-authored (a very lucrative endeavor for professors but nothing that sheds any new light on any field) and titles aimed at the general public such as, “The Conscience of a Liberal.”

    The Nobel Committee reported that the 1979 article, upon which they based their decision, had such earth-shattering revelations as “Krugman’s new theory was based on an assumption that consumers appreciate diversity in their consumption.” Well, duh. I thought everyone wanted to buy exactly the same thing as everyone else, over and over again. Thanks, Professor Krugman and the Nobel Committee for letting me know I was wrong about that.

    Krugman is more accomplished than the run-of-the-mill economics professor but hardly Nobel Prize material.

    Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize was also a homage to political correctness and popular junk science. Remember Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006)? Some of the scenes of supposed global calamities turned out to be special effects lifted from Roland Emmerich’s global warming movie, “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004).

    Emmerich’s latest project is the 2012 movie named, appropriately, “2012” coming out in November (link to trailer below). This one is going to be “Inconvenient Truth” and “Day After” on steroids. Al Gore’s movie just knocked off a few polar bears and a glacier or two. In “Day After” all Emmerich gave us was global warming causing a new ice age (go figure). This time around Emmerich destroys the entire planet. I guess he and Gore don’t think we got the message from their 2004 and 2006 attempts. But shouldn’t we always base public policy on movies? Some left-wing nut job is certainly going to get a Nobel Prize out of “2012.” It’s just as serious as the previous two Emmerich/Gore collaborations.


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