Some heroes are just plain folks but their names will never be forgotten for the amazing feats they`ve accomplished. Here are the inspiring stories of 5 people who saved lives in one way or another and left behind a mark that will change the world and our perception of generosity and kindness.
Irene Sendler was a polish nurse most active during the Second World War. She was the daughter of Dr. Stanisław Krzyżanowski, a physician, and his wife, Janina. An interesting fact about Irene is that she lost her father to typhus when she was just 7. Her father treated patients, that no other specialist wanted to treat from fear of contracting the disease. Many of his patients were also Jewish. Like father, like daughter! Irene, too, is famous for her selfless life and for collaborating with an underground resistance organization. With their help Irene smuggled 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. She provided them with fake identity documents and found housing for each of them. Irene was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943 and severely beaten, tortured and sentenced to death. Still, she refused to give out the names of the children, or the names of her colleagues and partners. On the way to her execution the German guards were bribed and Irene was rescued. She continued her work with Jewish children incognito until the end of the war She died in 2008 at the age of 98. In her long and meaningful she has been a true inspiration for the Life in a Jar Project and a movie for her life. She received several awards among which the Order of the Smile and a post-humus Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.