Actually, it was even worse than Auschwitz, which was a labor camp/death camp.
Treblinka, on the other hand, contained little more than gas chambers and ovens.
Irena Sendler was born in 1910 in Otwock, some 15 miles southeast of Warsaw.
Her father, a physician and one of the first Polish Socialists, raised her to respect and love people regardless of their ethnicity or social status. When a typhus epidemic broke out in 1917, he was the only doctor who stayed in the area. His dying words to seven-year-old Irena were, "If you see someone drowning, you must jump in and try to save them, even if you don't know how to swim." Even before the war, Irena had strong loyalties towards Jews.
Irena felt that her efforts were helping only to prolong the suffering, but doing nothing to save lives.
She decided that the most that could be done was to try to save the children.
Yet Irena Sendler sees herself as anything but a heroine. But in 1999 the silence was broken by some unlikely candidates: four Protestant high-school girls in rural Kansas.
The girls were looking for a subject for the Kansas State National History Day competition. News & World Report story, "The Other Schindlers." Mr. After all, no one had ever heard of this woman; Schindler, who was so famous, had rescued 1,000 Jews. Conard encouraged the girls to investigate and unearth the true story.In the 1930s, at Warsaw University, she stood up for her Jewish friends.Jews were forced to sit separately from "Aryan" students. But I can promise that if he stays with you, he will die." Irena Sendler is 97 years old.She hid the list in glass jars and buried them under an apple tree in her friend's backyard.The hardest part was convincing parents to part with their children.