And how about a movie about this lady? How many Holocaust films have been made? Most of them have been fiction. This crazy story is totally real! And totally inspiring.
This woman lived in Warsaw, Poland during WWII, and sneaked her way into a job in a ghetto during the time of the Holocaust. She did this in order to save children. Irena organized an underground railroad-style* smuggling operation to transport Jewish infants and children out of the ghetto and to safety via boxes, suitcases, sacks, coffins, the sewer system, and secret passages.
She managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazis broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely, as she resisted giving up the names of her co-rescuers. She narrowly escaped execution, and was eventually delivered to safety after a Gestapo officer took a bribe from her friends to sneak her out.
After her release, she continued to rescue people, including her future husband! Talk about a romance.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family, though usually there was no one left alive. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize, but was not selected (she lost to Al Gore, for An Inconvenient Truth). Irena died in 2008 at the age of 98.
Look at this face:
*Speaking of the underground railroad. Why. the hell. has there not been a major motion picture made about Harriet Tubman?