Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On February 15

On this day in ...
... 1910, Irena Sendler (right) was born in Otwock in what is now Poland; then, part of the Russian Empire. Her Roman Catholic family did not shun Jewish persons -- her father was among few Catholic physicians who would treat them. He died from typhus in 1917, and members of the Jewish community offered to pay for her schooling; she would be suspended from Warsaw University for opposing religion-based seating segregation there. Once Nazis occupied Warsaw, she served in the resistance, and helped to smuggle 2,500 Jewish children safely out of the Nazi-imposed Ghetto. Arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death in 1943, she escaped via bribes and hid until the war's end. She died in Warsaw in 2008, at age 98. (credit for 1942 photo)

(Prior February 15 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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