With such a powerful, dreadful story behind, it is really hard to make a movie that wont be touching, but the courageous heart of irena sendler. Polish social worker irena sendler 19102008 saved 2,500 jewish children from death in the gas chambers of concentration camps run by nazi germany during world war ii. The film is based on unique and exclusive interviews with the heroine, which were recorded and shot during the last days of her life. This article is within the scope of wikiproject poland, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of poland on wikipedia. Wwii drama the courageous heart of irena sendler polish. Three kansas teenagers resurrected her story, writes marti attoun in ladies home journal. After his death, jewish community leaders offered to help her mother pay for sendlers education, though her mother declined their.
Working as a nurse and a social worker, she was active in the polish undergroundthe polish resistance movement in world war iiin germanoccupied warsaw during the world war ii. During the german occupation of poland during wwii irena lived in warsaw as early as 1939 when the germans invaded poland, she began aiding jews she and her helpers created over 3,000 false documents to help jewish families. The film is a coproduction between american and polish. There is now an award winning book about irena sendler and the life in a jar students available. Neither torture nor the threat of imminent death could induce irena sendler. Like the steady stream that creates a canyon, irena sendler s consistent courage, day in and day out, changed the fate of over 2,500. At the time, poland was occupied by nazi troops, and sendler risked her own life many times over to smuggle young children out of the warsaw ghetto, where. Irena and the members of zegota led some children out through the underground corridors of a courthouse and through a tram depot. In the moments preceding her arrest, she was able to toss the documents she had with her to a friend, who concealed them in her clothes. Gal gadot is set to play another wonder of a woman. Through the milken educator awards, lowell has met thousands of inspiring teacher across the country. Irena sendler 19102008 united states holocaust memorial. At least they cast an actual oscar winner, anna paquin, in that tv movie about irena sendler 10 years ago.
Dzieci ireny sendlerowej, featuring the last interviews sendler gave before her death. The courageous heart of irena sendler 2009 rotten tomatoes. Those who were aware of her inspiring story knew that she was a moral giant. On october 20, 1943, irena sendler threw a package out a window to a friend below, who quickly hid it under her arm. The irena sendler project is a holocaust history and more. May 12, 2008 during world war ii, irena sendler worked for a unit of the polish underground, zegota, which was formed to help jews in hiding.
Irena sendler saves jewish children from the warsaw ghetto. Irena sendler a polish social worker who helped save some 2,500 jewish children from the nazis by smuggling them out of the warsaw ghetto and giving them false identities has died at age 98. Gal gadot is producing and starring in a special project cnn. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. May 1st is holocaust remembrance day it is also the national premiere of pbs in the name of their mothers, a documentary film about the polish social worker irena sendler, who saved 2,500 jewish babies and children from the warsaw ghetto and almost certain death at treblinka. Jul 03, 2008 irena sendler, credited with saving 2,500 polish jews from the holocaust, was a candidate for the 2007 nobel peace prize but lost out to al gore. Irena sendler was born in 1910 in warsaw and was raised in the town of otwock, a town about 15 miles from warsaw. Who is irene sendler, from gal gadots holocaust movie. Irena sendler has been called the female oskar schindler, and the movie proves that yes, indeed, she possessed a courageous heart. The protagonist of this story was a 29yearold polish social worker named irena sendler. Irena sendler savior of 2,500 jewish children community.
During world war ii, irena sendler, a polish catholic social worker. Irena saved 2,500 jewish children, and she rescued them before things could have gotten worse. Irena sendler keeps a photo of her kansas girls on the bedside table in her nursinghome room in warsaw, poland. Irena sendler, credited with saving 2,500 polish jews from the holocaust, was a candidate for the 2007 nobel peace prize but lost out to al gore. The other major adaptation of her life story was the 1999 play written about. Around this time american filmmaker mary skinner filmed a documentary, irena sendler, in the name of their mothers polish. Even though many people may not have known about what sendler was doing at the time, she still had a immediate and long term impact on those who were saved. Petition reward irena sendler the nobel peace prize. Sep 28, 2016 and i promise, its a story thats also worthy of your attention. With such a powerful, dreadful story behind, it is really hard to make a movie that wont be touching, but the courageous heart of irena sendler is much. The courageous heart of irena sendler is a 2009 television film directed by john kent. Irena sendler in the name of their mothers order at shop pbs.
It is a shame, then, that the film is all weak bones. Sendler, irena the jewish foundation for the righteous. Such a wonderful, inspiring, touching movie a true story of the life of irena sendler played by the beautiful anna paquin a polish catholic nurse who risked life and limb discouraged by her work colleagues, mother and parish priestto save 1 500 jewish children in the warsaw ghetto from the clutches of the satanic nazi death machine. A humble heroine the polish catholic social worker, who helped save thousands of jewish children during world war ii, died last week. The film is a coproduction between american and polish companies. Her responsibilities included taking care of countless people who had been dispossessed by the german occupation of her country. This film tells the compelling story of polish catholic social worker, irena sendler, in the early 1940s. Gal gadot producing, starring in thriller irena sendler. Irena sendler, a catholic social worker, rescued 2,500 children from the nazi death camps. Irena was a candidate for the 2007 nobel peace prize. Hallmark movies the courageous heart of irena sendler2009.
Sendler was arrested in late 1943 and tortured by the gestapo and through it all, she managed to keep the childrens identities safe. She was the subject of a hallmark tv movie, the courageous heart of irena sendler, starring anna paquin, in 2009. One such milken educator, history teacher norm conard, introduced lowell to the irena sendler project in 1999. One of the biggest unsung heroes in this world would be irena sendler. She engineered and operated a group of compatriots who. Irena sendler was a polish woman who along with her trusted network is credited to have saved the lives of 2,500 jewish children during the holocaust. The courageous heart of irena sendler none none april 17, 2009 the program recounts the story of a woman who saved the lives of 2,500 jewish children during world war ii. Irena sendler was a polish social worker who, during world war ii, helped to rescue 2,500 jewish children from the warsaw ghetto, and placed them in convents or with nonjewish families. Wonder woman star gal gadot will produce and star in irena sendler, based on the polish heroine who saved thousands of jewish children during the holocaust. The most vulnerable and most dispossessed were warsaws jews. The story of irena sendler, a social worker who was part of the polish underground during world war ii and was arrested by the nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 jewish children by smuggling them out of the warsaw ghetto. Sendler, who was the last living member of her group of rescuers, is survived by a daughter and a granddaughter. Irena sendler and her cohorts were not angels, but their actions were divine. She was greatly influenced by her father, who was a doctor to mostly poor jews.
As a health worker, she sneaked the children out between 1942 and 1943 to safe hiding places and found nonjewish. By 1942, they learned that they were not alone, and that the polish underground, along with the polish government in exile in london had established the council to aide jews, code named zegota. Jan 12, 20 school assembly i made on the life of irena sendler. We would like to show you a description here but the site wont allow us. Irena sendler, the female schindler, portrayed in cbs movie during world war ii, irena sendler worked for a unit of the polish underground, zegota, which was formed to help jewish children in hiding.
The story of irena sendler, a social worker who was part of the polish underground during world war ii and was arrested by the nazis for. The united states holocaust memorial museum mourns the passing of irena sendler, a polish social worker who helped smuggle more than 2,500 jewish children out of the warsaw ghetto during the holocaust. The courageous heart of irena sendler tv movie 2009. Gal gadot producing, starring in thriller irena sendler variety. It discriminates in the kinds of people and information irena sendler lets enter her heart and mind. Irena sendler was born as irena krzyzanowska on 15 february 1910 near warsaw, poland. The courageous heart of irena sendler 2009 available on.
An unfamiliar name to most people, but this remarkable woman defied the nazis and saved 2,500 jewish children by smuggling them out of the warsaw ghetto. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing irena sendlers children near you. In the name of their mothers 2011 starring irena sendler and jan becker on dvd and bluray. A humble heroine the polish catholic social worker, who helped save thousands of jewish children during world war ii. Irena sendler of poland, nobel peace prize, a real winner. The courageous heart of irena sendler trailer youtube. Sendler tells her story of saving the lives of the poorest children imprisoned behind the walls of the warsaw ghetto. Anna paquin as the female oskar schindler of warsaw the. Sendler was put in charge of zegotas children section. Oct 20, 2017 the arrest and torture of irena sendler.
Irena sendler 1910 2008 when hitler and his nazis built the warsaw ghetto and herded 500,000 polish jews behind its walls to await liquidation, many polish gentiles turned their backs or applauded. As a health worker, sendler had access to the warsaw ghetto. Impacts the things that irena sendler did, had an immediate impact on the war effort. The word unsung hero means a person that has courage and a person that has risked or sacrificed their life to try and help others, but never got noticed or thanked. Love on the air premieres saturday, september 26th when a radio host gets dumped by her boyfriend on the air and soon has her break up exposed even further by. Coming up the stairs were nine nazi soldiers, ready to arrest her for her work with the polish underground. Gestapo arrests catholic woman for saving jewish children in warsaw. Read more about our numerological interpretation of irena sendler s personality number. How irena sendler saved 2,500 jewish children during the. Jan 30, 2016 irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto rubin, susan goldman, farnsworth, bill on. When hitler and his nazis built the warsaw ghetto and herded 500,000 polish jews behind its walls to await liquidation, irena sendler defied the nazis and saved 2,500 jewish children by smuggling them out of the warsaw ghetto.
Jan 14, 2009 life in a jar cast and teacher norman conard revisit the apple tree where irena and her helpers had buried the names of 2,500 relocated jewish children to preserve their identity. Actions like these remind us that it is in the darkest moments where the brightest heroes often shine. The courageous heart of irena sendler the new york times. As head of the childrens section of zegota, the polish underground council for aid to jews. Sendler s personality number often serves as a censoring device, both in terms of what irena sends out, as well as what she allows to approach. Irena sendler died 12 may 2008 aged 98 in warsaw, poland. The courageous heart of irena sendler tv movie 2009 imdb. Irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto. Amanda solomon 8g3 what does the word unsung hero mean. For more information on irena sendler, or to contribute to the life in a jar foundation, go to. Irena sendler became the head of zegotas childrens bureau. Irena sendler, the female schindler, portrayed in cbs movie. She became a polish nurse and social worker and used her skills to serve in the germanoccupied warsaw during world war ii.
As a health worker, sendler was issued a pass to come and go from the warsaw ghetto, according to the holocaust. Irena sendler, the woman who smuggled 2,500 jewish children. The courageous heart of irena sendler is a 2009 television film directed by john kent harrison. Jul 07, 2017 irena sendler, the woman who smuggled 2,500 jewish children out of the warsaw ghetto. Lukas most people had never heard of the tiny, blueeyed lady until she passed away at ninetyeight years of age in warsaw on may 12, 2008. She obtained documents that allowed her to enter the ghetto, and she began to smuggle children out. The courageous heart of irena sendler tv movie 2009 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Her father died in february 1917 from typhus contracted while treating patients.1046 786 160 152 933 1331 676 554 406 450 1271 350 1368 918 1381 965 1139 172 917 638 243 959 383 801 921 381 918 196 46 899 244 1058 185 217 1316 770 358 1453 407 595