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Gargaro's World: The Prize Does Not Go to Most Deserving

September 14, 2009
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This appeared in my e-mail inbox last week and was verified by snopes.com. With all the talk about the importance of green living, I thought my three readers would find this interesting:

Recently a 98-year-old lady named Irena died. During World War II, 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 Nazis’ plans were for the Jews.

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the toolbox 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. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids’/infants’ noise. She managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 kids/infants.

She was caught and the Nazis broke both her legs and arms and beat her severely. Irena 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 backyard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most, though, had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.

Al Gore won - for a slide show on global warming.
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Snopes

Mark
September 15, 2009
snopes.com verification is not necessarily a guage of authenticity. Still, an interesting story nonetheless.

What would Irena do?

joe
September 15, 2009
We all know it's a rare person who is willing to risk fortune, life and limb(s) to do what they believe is the right thing. Society owes them much more than we know. But usually for that person it's the doing which is all the reward they need. I suspect that Irena would not be comfortable having her story(her life work)presented within a context of political derision; that is, using her story in demeaning or deriding the work of another.

Absolutely True

Zack
October 2, 2009
I would encourage everyone to read not only Kyle's great blog post, but the entire story of Irena Sendler. This is absolutely a true story, one that needs to be forwarded on. Nominees for the Nobel Prize are kept secret by the Nobel Foundation, so it's often up to the nominees themself or their nominator to reveal the fact. From what I understand, the foundation will not validate any claim, true or false. Al Gore was the public face to panel of global climate experts. His presense lended a great deal of credibility to the cause, and to his credit, he really rallied a dorment populace around his matter. His efforts may result in thousands of lives saved. With that said, Ms. Sendler risked her life everyday and was later prosucated by the Soviets for her beliefs. There is a generation alive because of her. How many walk this earth today the child of one of the 2,500 she saved?

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