Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Irena Sendler is one of the “Other Schindlers.” During World War II she helped create over 3,000 false documents to help Jewish families and joined the Żegota resistance (Council to Aid Jews) as head of their children’s section. In this capacity, she smuggled children and babies out of ghettos and buried lists of the hidden children in jars in order to keep track of them. Sendler is recognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, has received numerous awards for her courageous efforts (including Poland’s highest civilian decoration), and there have been efforts to nominate her for the Nobel Prize.
Want to learn more about Sendler? Check out these great resources:
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, Jack Mayer (March 2011)
Irena Sendler: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust, Anna Mieszkowska (November 2010)
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto, Susan Goldman Rubin (April 2011)
The Other Schindler… Irena Sendler: Savior of the Holocaust Children, Abhijit Thite and Priya Gokhale (March 2010)
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.