Irena Sendler died of pneumonia May 12, 2008. She was a most remarkable woman. Unfortunately, few people knew of her.
During WWII, Irena got permission from the Nazis to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing and sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger children.
Irena kept a dog in the back of her truck 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 children's noises.
During the time she spent working in the Polish ghetto, she managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 children.
Eventually, she was caught. The Nazis beat her severely and broke both of her arms and legs.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she had smuggled out. She put her records in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her backyard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the families. Most of the adults had died in the gas chambers. Most of those children she helped were placed with foster families or adopted.
In 2007, Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on global warming.
Later, another politician, Barack Hussien Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
This is heartbreaking for two reasons. Irena's courage and determination in the very face of evil goes unnoticed and, the values currently placed on an individual's accomplishments seem to be greatly diminished.
It seems almost daily that we learn of some person or organization using their influence and power to diminish American principles of honesty, morality, courage and wisdom. It is becoming commonplace to witness a hunger for vulgarity and derision for that which is wholesome and good.
With complete control, our government has removed God and the Christian-Judeo principles upon which our nation was founded from our educational system. There is currently an effort underway to threaten court martial against any soldier who wishes to express his or her Christian faith. Our government has chosen to elevate homosexual sodomy to an acceptable level in our military culture but if you are a Christian, don't ask, don't tell.
I find myself fantasizing how General George Washington or General Patton would respond to this notion.
What happened to right versus wrong? Where is moral ethics being taught, encouraged and enforced? Why would those of authority select Chicken Little Gore and his "sky is falling" drivel, or Mr. Pretty-Speech Obama who passed out other people's money, over the sacrifices of a woman who spit in the face of evil?
I submit that those in positions of power who are making these decisions are themselves without principles or values worthy of power.
Irena Sendler lived to be 98 years of age. I encourage all of us to be more mindful of the values we treasure and where we place our respect.