Born Feb 1910 died Mar 2008, one Irena Sendler (Sendlerowa).
A saint without sainthood and a person not seen as a Nobel prize winner although an Irish Afro-American, without actually doing anything was successful and Gormless, with his rather weak support for global warming scams, burning many tonnes of threatened carbon in the campaign and since, also qualified.
This catholic daughter of a doctor who died treating typhus victims ignored by most Drs, spent the early years of WW2 in Warsaw. She got a job in plumbing and sanitation and traveled in and out of the Ghetto as the Nazis feared typhus, although welcome to kill as many Jews as possible, might escape and threaten them and useful Poles.
Irena saved hundreds of babies, toddlers and small children by smuggling them out in her equipment and they traveled on through the underground. She also "saved" the identities of some 2500 doomed children, stored them in jars buried in her garden. These were retrieved after the war and some families discovered what happened to their children but many of those families were also victims of the holocaust.
This remarkable woman who had defied death for years finally ran out of luck. She was arrested in 1943, tried, convicted and sentenced to death by the Gestapo. However on the way to her execution she was spared by the guards who had been bribed by members of Zogata, the Council to Aid Jews, but was left in a forest with broken arms and legs. She survived the war in hiding and afterwards spent much effort trying to disseminate the records in the buried jars from her garden.
She has since been rightfully honored and feted by many, Israeli, Jewish and Catholic entities including a letter from the Polish Pope, efforts for recognition by the Nobel Committees have however failed as they have much more notable people to honor.
Students of Kansas University created a Play to honor her outstanding life called "Life In A Jar".
August 31 in history
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