Perhaps the Nobel Isn’t so Noble

Written by Jim Lloyd

Photo by Mariusz Kubik

With the leaders of Iran and many other Middle Eastern countries denying that the Holocaust ever took place, and with the world press today so focused on the progressive leaders and what they believe in, let us stop for a moment and remember Irena Sendler, who died in 2008 at the age of 98.
During World War II, she had gotten permission from the Nazis to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a social worker. She knew what the Nazis were planning to do to the Jews, so she began a single-handed campaign to smuggle infants and children out of the ghetto, using a variety of methods, from hiding them under the stretcher of ambulances to secret underground passages and through sewer pipes. She was also said to have trained her dog to bark when passing through the checkpoints a few times to cover the noises the infants made so the guards would hurry them through for peace and quiet. In all, she successfully saved more than 2500 lives before she was caught. The Germans arrested her on October 23, 1943, and while in the Piawiak Prison, she was tortured and her legs and feet fractured during questioning. She had kept track of the names of those she had saved, and after the war, she attempted to reunite the children with their parents, those who were not killed.
In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her brave efforts. She lost to Al Gore, who had invented a widespread story about global warming and how the USA was responsible. (Hey, Al, what about Asia? China and India outnumber us 1000 to 1 and they do NOTHING. No recycling, no emissions controls of any kind on anything. And it’s all our fault?)  And let us not forget that Yassur Araphat, a founder of middle east terrorism, also got this coveted award as well as a community activist/president named, Barack Obama.
So class, what have we learned today? Maybe that sometimes great good does not go rewarded. And what we read in the news is not always what it appears to be. And that the Nobel may after all may not be so noble.
Rest in peace Irena Sendler.
You can read more about Irena Sendler’s story at Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
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