Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler

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  • That blue-eyed woman is Irena Sendler. She was a Polish social worker who saved 2,500 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto and worked with Zegota. Irena was born on February 15, 1910, and died May 12, 2008, in Warsaw. Right now, she is smuggling out a few Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. She escaped and was able to keep the Jews and herself safe.
  • Exposition
  • Woof!
  • Woof!
  • Woof!
  • I don't want to get involved with your dogs, so I believe you.
  • Trust me, officer, there isn't anything in the coffin. I am just doing my job
  • Irena got captured that fateful day of October 20, 1943. She had a list of all the names of the people she saved, and she had to give that to her colleague when the Germans had come to scour the house. Her colleague hid the list in her underwear. By the end of it, Irena was taken to the Pawiak Prison.
  • Rising Action
  • Are you okay?!
  • Be more careful next time! What was that?
  •     BANG       BANG                  BANG
  • It's okay, I am fine. I am just a little tired.
  • Irena was tortured because she wouldn't give the German officers any information about Zegota and the members. By the end of it, both her arms and legs were broken. She made the big decision to stay silent. Because of that, she was sentenced to death by the German officers. 
  • Climax
  • Then you will die a sad death.
  • Tell us what you know, and you won't get hurt.
  • I will not tell you anything, you monster!
  • Falling Action
  • I was paid to. Now go.
  • Quickly, get out of here.
  • Why are you letting me go?
  • Resolution
  • I am so glad that you are okay!
  • Yes, of course.
  • I knew I could trust you.
  • I am so sorry for worrying you. Do you have the list?
  • Theme
  • I wish I could have saved more people.
  • Thank you for never giving up, for having hope.
  • Though some people might have thought that Irena was heading for death, that was not the case. An officer was paid by Irena's coworkers, Zegota, to let her free. No one knew that Irena had survived. The Germans had a flyer that told everyone that she had been executed.
  • When Irena finally returned home, she had to lay low for the rest of the war.  She took on a new name and saw how she "died" in the papers. After it, though, she tried to reunite the children she saved with their families, though most of them had died in the death camps. The families she could reunite she would, and she kept her word to them.
  • Resolution
  • Though it has been many years since World War 2, Irena Sendler still inspires people today. She taught us to fight for what is right, no matter the consequences. I am Hope, and I am glad you learned from the story I have just told. Irena cared so much about all of us, and it is seen throughout her whole life. She is an inspiration to all.
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