During World War II, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck for larger kids. Irena kept a dog in the back of her truck that she had trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking which covered the kids noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. Ultimately, she was caught and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show! on global warming. Later, another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
Neither risked their lives nor saved one.
Irene died May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland. In memoriam – 65 years later:
I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you’ll consider doing the same. It is now more than 69 years since the Second World War in Europe ended. This message is being sent as a memorial chain in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated.
Now, more than ever, with so many atrocities committed all over the world, it is imperative to remember the acts of courageous women and men who have risked their own lives to save others. Does not the example of Irena Stadler show that individuals can make a difference even under the most violent of regimes? It was possible because she was driven by empathy and humaneness – essential powers we need for healing this planet. When we join powers among all people worldwide working from motive of authentic humaneness, we can eventually establish a power greater than war.
May this message reach millions of people worldwide! May more and more and more people stand up against wrong systems and never obey.
Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world. Please send this message to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.