Everything You Need to Know About the Nobel Peace Prize

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler

During World War II, Catholic Polish national Irena Sendler (1910 – 2008) received permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a sewer specialist.

Sendler had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out of the ghetto in the bottom of her tool box. She also smuggled larger Jewish children in a burlap sack placed in the back of her truck.

Irena kept a dog in her truck that barked ferociously at Nazi soldiers who manned the ghetto checkpoints. Frightened, the soldiers waved her through without searching her truck. The barking dog also masked any noises made by the hidden children.

Irena smuggled out and rescued 2,500 Jewish children.

But finally, Irena was caught. The Nazis tortured her, breaking her legs and her arms. Despite this, she refused to betray any of her comrades or the children they rescued. She was sentenced to death by firing squad. Miraculously, Irena managed to escape.

Irena kept records of all the names of the children she rescued. After the war she attempted to locate any parents who may have survived and reunite them with their children. Most of the parents had been gassed to death in the Nazi concentration camps.

In 1965 Sendler was recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among the Nations. But Poland’s communist government did not allow her to travel abroad to receive the award in Israel. She was able to do so only in 1983.

In 2007 Irena Sendler was proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.

Instead, Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Price for a slide show on so-called global warming.

Here’s Irena Sendler’s entry at Yad Vashem.

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  1. Esther
    Posted July 24, 2015 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    What an incredible and uplifting story. This is heroism pure and simple. It’s one of the hardest lessons of life that the world is truly corrupt and nobility of spirit must be a reward in itself. Remarkable lady. I’m going to print a photo of her and put it on my dresser to remind myself of what I should aim to be in this life. Thank you!

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  2. exdemexlib
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    And it happens to be offered in a bundle with another famous movie about wartime Poland …

    The Devil’s Arithmetic

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  3. sennacherib
    Posted July 17, 2015 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    I think back at all the things I’ve done that I thought were hard and dangerous, then I find out about people such as this woman and I realize that what I had done was so very little and so very easy. Gore and Obama etal, can keep their prizes for what they are worth, for to live in one person’s memory as this woman does would transcend all of that. Not to mention her true and final reward.
    “Usually your posts make me miffed; perhaps angry; sometimes indifferent; often amused…
    This makes me sad… Really sad.” Moishe, I disagree with you here, this story and woman makes me happy and gives me great hope for humans.

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  4. hubbabubba
    Posted July 17, 2015 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately this is presently unprovable. The Nobel committee keeps applicant names secret for fifty years, and go through multiple stages in the selection process. We can find out in 2057. http://www.nobelprize.org/nomination/peace/

    Also, while I don’t think Gore deserved it, he wasn’t awarded the prize for a slide show, it was awarded for a lifetime of bringing attention to environmental causes, which is certainly true.

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    • kishke
      Posted July 17, 2015 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Environmental causes which just so happened to enrich him personally. Just so.

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      • pkoning
        Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:28 am | Permalink

        I guess Al Gore took to heart and applied the L. Ron Hubbard lesson: a good way to fame & riches is to invent a quack religion.

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  5. Bill Brandt
    Posted July 16, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Only rarely have I felt that the recipient was worthy. Most of the time it is just politics.

    And blatant politics, at that.

    How about Yassar Arafat?

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  6. Posted July 16, 2015 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Ah Robert….
    Usually your posts make me miffed; perhaps angry; sometimes indifferent; often amused…
    This makes me sad… Really sad.

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    • kishke
      Posted July 16, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Why? Because she was denied false honor? That’s a good thing. Far better for her to receive her reward in the next world, where one’s reward is far more durable and meaningful than fleeting fame in this world. A great person such as this does not do things for honor in any case.

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      • pkoning
        Posted July 17, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink

        I agree. While once in a while the Peace prize goes to a person of integrity and honor, most of the time it goes to the scum of the earth. Far better for the righteous like Irena Sendler not to be made part of the same club as Yasser, Al, Barry, and Teddy.

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        • kishke
          Posted July 17, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

          Strong point. A person of honor and decency would surely decline to be included in that rogues gallery.

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  7. Posted July 16, 2015 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Ultimately, the Nobel Peace Prize, like the Miss Universe pageant, the Academy Awards and America’s Presidential election, is just another popularity contest. And just like in the stereotypical grade school playground scene, Irene was passed over for the “cool kid” of the Liberal Progressive crowd.

    I don’t know what lies ahead after we leave this life, but I sincerely hope Irene is receiving the highest honors there.

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  8. malinate
    Posted July 16, 2015 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Wow! Sounds like an award-winning screenplay just waiting to be written! Thanks for sharing the story of Irena.

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  9. Miranda Rose Smith
    Posted July 16, 2015 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    The very first years the Nobel Peace Prize was being given, the committee members showed their biases. Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton were both alive, very old ladies, but alive, the first few years the Prize was being given. Neither won. Why? I suspect it’s because so many of those wounded soliers that Florence Nightingale helped, in the Crimean War, and that Clara Barton helped, in the Civil War, were working class Americans and Englishmen, and those snooty Scandinavians, on the Committee, hated working class, white Anglo-Saxon men.
    I suspect the reason Dorothy Day never won is that so many of the men her soup kitchen fed, during the Depression, would have been pretty Archie Bunkerish if they’d had homes and jobs.

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