Learning about other's kindnesses often encourages us to improve our own attempts to perform good deeds. How can we possibly compare these acts, however, with those of individuals who exhibited almost superhuman dedication to saving lives? Many of us have read about such righteous people who put their own lives in danger to protect the lives of innocents in peril. Though we may not be able to match those feats ourselves, we will have done our part if we take steps to honor these individuals by remembering their accomplishments.
One project that aims to do just that is the Lowell Milken Center
. The Center, founded by Jewish businessmanLowell Milken
, facilitates an award program to identify and honor heroes -- people whose actions significantly impacted on the lives of others, on their community and on the world. One of the first people to be so honored isIrena Sendler
, a Polish woman who succeeded in smuggling thousands of babies and children out of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Sendler then placed the children in safe homes where they could survive the war. Not only did Irena ensure the children's safety but she safeguarded their heritage by preserving their real names, as well as the homes into which they had been placed, in a glass jar which she buried in her yard.
Wow! Irena Sendler had real courage, in addition to a good heart.
Irena Sendler is a truly a remarkable woman. Her life defines a heroine of the modern era and her inspirational story deserves to be repeated as often as possible.
Not everyone knows that Irena Sendler's legacy is connected to four ninth graders in Kansas, USA, who captured her courage and her compassion in a staged presentation called "Life in a Jar." Their project quickly spilled over into their community and ultimately attracted global attention.
Many details about Irena Sendler, A Heroine of the Holocaust, can be found at http://quilligrapher.hubpages.com/hub/Sendler. It connects the lives of this brave social worker in Poland and four dedicated students in Kansas who brought her amazing story to life.
KindnessHappens.blogspot.com should be commended for spreading the inspirational memory of this marvelous woman.