In doing my morning news reading and social media perusing, I came across a link on Facebook to a story about Irena Sendler. Sendler passed away in 2008, and the story is a story about her life that was published that year by the Daily Mail out of the United Kingdom. I have linked to the story here because I believe it describes the story of a real person who made showing love to their neighbor an integral part of her life, risking it all simply to do what she thought was right and to do what she could do.
Like most people who show love to their neighbor, she didn’t want the accolades, rather she just wished that she could have done more. Sendler, sometimes known as the “female Schindler,” saved an estimated 2,500 Jewish children from the death camps during the Holocaust and World War II. If for some reason you have never heard this story, I encourage you to read it.
The article concludes with Sendler’s remark in looking back at her life and the state of the world as she saw it late in her life, “The world can be better if there’s love, tolerance and humility.” Poignant words. I agree, and I hope you do too.
SOURCE: Richard Pendlebury, “The ‘female Schindler’ who saved 2,500 Jewish children but died wishing she’d rescued more,” Daily Mail, (22 May 2008), found at: <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1021048/Female-Schindler-Irena-Sendler-saved-2-500-Jewish-children-died-aged-98.html>.