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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Righteous Among the Nations

"Righteous Among the Nations" is a Jewish term refering to non-Jews who follow the seven laws of Noah and are assured of meriting paradise. In modern use, Yad Vashem (Israel's official memorial to the Holocaust victims) uses this title to honor non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

This woman is most assuredly Righteous Among the Nations.
Irena Sendler saved nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis, organizing a ring of 20 Poles to smuggle them out of the Warsaw Ghetto in baskets and ambulances.
The Nazis arrested her, but she didn’t talk under torture. After she survived the war, she expressed regret - for doing too little.

Lawmakers in Poland’s Senate disagreed Wednesday, unanimously passing a resolution honoring her and the Polish underground’s Council for Assisting Jews, of which her ring of mostly Roman Catholics was a part.

...The resolution honored Sendler for organizing the ”rescue of the most defenseless victims of the Nazi ideology: the Jewish children.” Sendler, now 97 and living in a Warsaw nursing home, was too frail to attend but sent a letter read by Elzbieta Ficowska, one of the children she rescued.

...”Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory,” Sendler wrote. ”Over a half-century has passed since the hell of the Holocaust, but its specter still hangs over the world and doesn’t allow us to forget the tragedy.”
She was honored as one of the first Righteous Among the Nations in 1965, received the Order of the White Eagle (Poland's highest civilian honor) and the Commander's Cross by the Israeli Institute.

There aren't enough awards on this Earth to honor this woman and people like her, and the Nobel Peace Prize (which the Polish president thinks she should receive) isn't worthy of having her name attached to it. No, her prize is waiting for her in Heaven.

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