14.7.08

Irena, and life in a Jar

...Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me... Matthew 25: 34-40, Douay-Rheims Bible

There was recently a death of a 98 year old woman named Irena Sendler.

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive...

Being German she KNEW what the Nazi's plan were for the Jews. Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she carried in the back of her truck, a burlap sack for the larger children. She also had a dog in the back, that she 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 covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children and infants.

Left: Irena and her daughter Janka, c.1950

She was caught, the Nazi's broke both her legs, and arms, and beat her severely.

She kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out, and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived, and reunited the family.
Most of course had been sent to the gas chambers.

Those children she helped, were placed into foster family homes, or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize*...

Her story and a web site dedicated to her are
here.

Jhesu+Marie,
de Brantigny

...Eternal rest give unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her . May she rest in peace...

This article was posted on the Yahoo group Post Conciliar Catholicism, by Robert Banaugh.
the original may be read here... Thanks and a tip of the beret to Robert for posting this.

Note: *per Norman Conard, She didn't meet the criteria (accomplishments during the past two years) for the Nobel. The winner was Al Gore, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Director Norman Conard,
Lowell Milken Center
4 South Main

Fort Scott, KS 66701

www.lowellmilkencenter.org

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