In 2007, Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. At the end of the movie is an emotional clip of Irena shortly before her death at age 98. She says nothing about her courage or her actions; instead she asks that we remember those mothers who gave up their children to keep them safe and also those brave Polish women who mother the youngsters as their own, coming to love them and then later to return them to their surviving birth families.
I've been on a quest to watch some better television so I've started ordering movie dvds that I've heard about but never seen. Lately I been picking Hallmark movies that I've never seen (and sometimes ones that I have seen but forgotten). This is the best one I've seen all summer. I watched it Thursday night when Russ was gone, and when I started to tell him about it on Friday, he said he would have watched it. So I volunteered to watch it again, and we watched it last night. Amazingly, I noticed a lot of little details the second time that I had missed during the first watching. I've since found that the movie is based on the book Irena Sendler: the Mother of the Children of the Holocaust, and that there is also a YA book called LIFE IN A JAR which tells the story of three young girls in Kansas (Protestant) who learn about this amazing Catholic woman and begin a project to give this unsung heroine recognition. I believe I will read them.