Actress and scholar Judy Winnick will portray Irena Sendler. As a Polish Catholic social worker during WWII, Irena Sendler risked her life to save others. She was the leader of the
Actress and scholar Judy Winnick will portray Irena Sendler.
As a Polish Catholic social worker during WWII, Irena Sendler risked her life to save others. She was the leader of the children’s section of Zegota, Council for Aid to Jews, and part of the Polish underground. With ingenuity, calmness and courage, she was responsible for rescuing 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Irena never thought of herself as a hero, and said she simply did what needed to be done, and followed her heart.
Irena was born in 1910 and died in Warsaw in 2008, at the age of 98. During her lifetime she received many awards for her humanitarian work. In addition to being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Irena was recognized by the state of Israel as one of the “Righteous Among Nations” at Yad Vashem.
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