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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Irena Sendler for showing the courage, bravery
and intelligence of young Polish women in outsmarting the German Nazis.

Irena Sendler
In The Name of Their Mothers
Outwitting the Nazis to Save Thousands of Jewish Children

Irena Sendler (2011) - 60 minutes
Irena Sendler at Amazon.com

This is the story of a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, who outwitted the Nazis during World War II. When 29-year-old social worker Irena Sendler saw the suffering of Warsaw's Jews, she reached out to her most trusted colleagues for help. Together, they rescued over 2,500 Jewish children by forging identification papers and placing them in Catholic safe houses and orphanages in Warsaw and the Polish countryside.

They were taking an enormous risk. Ruthless blackmailers and Gestapo agents were constantly on the lookout for Jews who had escaped the ghetto walls. Children suspected of being Jewish were quizzed on Catholic culture, their lives dependent upon concealing their heritage. Several rescued children give moving accounts of their confusion, resentment, and sense of abandonment after assuming their Catholic identities.

In her late 90s when interviewed for the film, Irena Sendler's straightforward account of her life and works is both humbling and inspiring. She vividly recalls her brush with death in a Gestapo prison, and her continued harassment by authorities in post-war Communist Poland. This film expertly captures the will and character of the women of the resistance against the backdrop of occupied Poland.

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Irena Sendler
In The Name of Their Mothers
Outwitting the Nazis to Save Thousands of Jewish Children

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Irena Sendler for showing the courage, bravery
and intelligence of young Polish women in outsmarting the German Nazis.