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Front: White card with printed photograph of an older woman in black sitting and looking at the camera. A chest with teacups and photos resting on top of it is behind her. Beneath the photograph is an autograph in blue ink. Back: Pencil writing on top.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Irena Sendler (Sendlerova), also known as Jolanta, was a Polish Roman Catholic nurse/social worker who worked in the Polish Underground during World War II. She was the head of the chidlren's section of Zegotat in German-occupied Warsaw. She was able, with the help of other members of Zegota, to smugle 2500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and secure false identity papers and housing for them, thus saving their lives. On strips of paper hidden in a jar, she wrote their birth names and their new names. Arrested and tortured by the Gestapo in 1943, she refused to divulge the names of her comrades or those of her rescued children. She was sentenced to death by firing squad, but saved by Zegota by bribing the German guards. She lived in hiding yet continued her efforts to help the children. She was honored by Yad Vashem as one of the Polish Righteous Among Nations. Pope John Paul II also praised her efforts. The recipient of many awards, the Polish Government presented her as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
5 x 3"
Roman Catholic, Polish Underground, Zegotat, Warsaw, Ghetto, Getsapo Polish Righteous Among Nations, Nobel Peace Prize, Irena Sendler, Irena Senderlova, Jolanta Sendler, Yad Vashem, Pope John Paul II
1945 - Present: Post-Holocaust Commemoration & Revitalization: Displaced Person Camps; Refugees and Emigration; Postwar Trials; Israel Statehood
"Irena Sendler [Sendlerova] Autograph" (2008). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2015.2.61.