Irena Sendler: Social Worker and Humanitarian

Irena Sendler was a Polish Roman-Catholic nurse and social worker who headed the children’s section of Żegota, an underground resistance group working against the German occupation in Warsaw.

Sendler was a wartime humanitarian who smuggled around 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. While Sendler was nominated, but was not awarded, a Nobel Peace Price, Israel and Poland have both bestowed Sendler with humanitarian awards and UNICEF acknowledged her efforts by posthumously granting Sendler the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2009. 

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