Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was a non-Jewish social worker living in Poland at the start of WWII. She risked her life hundreds of times to help Jews escape the Germans, saving over over 3000 Jewish lives during the Nazi occupation of Poland. She kept the names of all the children she saved along with their hiding locations, written on tissue papers which she placed in glass jars and buried in the ground.  Sendler hoped to reunite the children with their families or the Jewish community after the war. In 1943 Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo who tortured her and broke both her feet, yet she refused to reveal the hiding places of any children.   As she was being taken to execution, her friends bribed the German guard, securing her release and Sendler spent the rest of the war years in hiding. Her story which is not well know is now being spread by the LMC through funding of Jewish financier Lowell Milken.