The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Unclassified 15+
John Kent Harrison, 96 mins, Poland, USA, 2010, Polish with English subtitles.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

This is a moving drama about the remarkable Irena Sendler, a Polish-Catholic social worker credited with saving as many as 2,500 Jewish children from certain death during World War II.

Sendler was appalled by the treatment of Jews in her country and risked her life to save those she could, during 1942 and 1943. She and a conspiracy of women working as nurses smuggled children out of Warsaw, into the homes of Polish families and convents, in the hope they would be reunited with their parents after the war.

This is an inspiring story, full of many poignant scenes, perhaps none more so than those depicting anguished Jewish mothers and fathers giving up their children to Sendler and her trusted Catholic rescuers. Knowing the great risk and sacrifice it would mean, Sendler and her group conducted daring rescues using escape routes that the Nazis knew nothing of and have since been forgotten.

Dates   Wed 24 Nov 2010, 8pm
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