This petition means a lot to me.
The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving
Irena was a candidate for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
Irena Sendler died 12 May 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland.
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
In August 1943, Żegota (the Council to Aid Jews) nominated her (by her cover name Jolanta) to head its children's section. As an employee of the Social Welfare Department, she had a special permit to enter the Warsaw Ghetto to check for signs of typhus, something the Nazis feared would spread beyond the Ghetto
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she
carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).
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 which hid the cries/noises of children
During this time she managed to smuggle and save 2500 children
She and her co-workers buried lists of the hidden children in jars in order to keep track of their original and new identities. Żegota assured the children that, when the war was over, they would be returned to Jewish relatives
In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo, severely tortured, arms & legs broken and sentenced to death. Żegota saved her by bribing German guards on the way to her execution. She was listed on public bulletin boards as among those executed. For the remainder of the war, she lived in hiding, but continued her work for the Jewish children. After the war, she and her co-workers gathered together all of their records with the names and locations of the hidden Jewish children and gave them to their Zegota colleague Adolf Berman and his employees at the Central Committee of Polish Jews. However, almost all of their parents had been killed at the Treblinka extermination camp or had otherwise gone missing.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
SHE WAS NOT SELECTED
President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a
community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
It's imperative we honor Irena, and never forget the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated.
Please, honor Irena who is a true hero who stands for each and every life lost during the Holocaust.