She even managed to survive torture and a death sentence.

At the onset of World War II the Germans outlawed helping Jews, and in Poland it was punishable by death. And not only the death of the one offering assistance, but the death of their entire family.

Despite the imminent danger, one woman risked everything and ended up saving the lives of over 2,000 Jewish children.

Known as the “female Oskar Schindler,” Irena Sendler first began her crusade prior to the war while working for the Social Welfare Department in Poland. Along with a group of co-workers that she organized, Sendler created falsified papers for Jewish families. Over four years she fabricated 3,000 documents, even after the death penalty was introduced in 1941.

In 1943, Sendler joined the Zegota, an underground organization devoted to helping Jewish people escape the Holocaust. Under a fake name, Jolanta, she was elected to head the Jewish children’s section.

Due to her job with the Social Welfare Department, Sendler had authorization to enter the Warsaw Ghetto. Germans feared that typhus, which spread throughout the ghettos at the time, would spread to the soldiers. So they allowed doctors in to check for symptoms and treat it.

Under the guise of performing these inspections, Sendler would enter the ghettos and smuggle out babies and small children. They would usually load them into ambulances or trams, but depending on the situation the children could even be loaded into packages or suitcases.

Over 2,500 children were smuggled out of the ghettos, at least 400 of them by Sendler herself.

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