Ezer Story: Irena Sendler

Frank and I just got around to watching The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a Hallmark Hall of Fame production of the life of Irena Sendler (1910-2008) that aired in April.

Sendler was a heroic member of the Polish Underground during WWII. She worked for the Social Welfare Department, and her profession gained her access to the Warsaw Ghetto where, at enormous risk to herself, she conducted a covert operation to smuggle Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto to safety. Through her courage and inventiveness she saved the lives of 2500 children.

In 1943, the Gestapo arrested and tortured her. But she refused to divulge any information. The beatings broke her feet and legs, and she barely escaped execution. By her own account, she never forgot the sound of the cries of children as they were separated from their parents and she grieved to her dying day that she was unable to save more.

We may think of Irena as an exception to the rule, but her actions are well within the scope of an ezer’s calling and ought to expand our ideas of God’s calling on women’s lives. As image bearers, we have responsibility for what goes on in our world. As ezer’s we don’t have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines while our brothers are fighting kingdom battles without us.

Below is one of several video tributes to Irena.

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2 Responses to Ezer Story: Irena Sendler

  1. k8t says:

    This was a wonderful movie and Irena is testament to what one person can do and inspire others to be a part of. If Irena had remained neutral, lukewarm, would there have been another ezer to step up.

    I agree, she should NOT be made an exception, she should be the norm. Oh, that were true in me too.

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  2. Kristen says:

    Wow, I loved this:

    “And she’ll ask God: ‘God, where were you in the time of Holocaust?’ And God will answer her: ‘I was in your heart.'”

    What an amazing life. Thanks for writing about it!

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