At the age of 29, Sendler was a social worker who was employed by The Welfare Department of the Warsaw Municipality. After the German occupied the land, the department took the job of taking care of the poor people on the streets. Irena Sendler took advantage of this and began to assist the Jews by not only caring for them, but by helping the captured Jews escape the horrors of the holocaust
Zegato's Department for the Care of Jewish Children
Unfortunately, this became roughly impossible once the ghetto was shut down in the year 1940. Approximately 400,000 people had been driven out of the ghetto and taken into a new one.
This novel area was in an abdominal condition as people lacked food and medical treatment, which resulted in high death rates and disease to spread. The selfless woman decided to enter the ghetto and take the Jews away from their terrible fate by seeking hiding places, surviving hid in certain areas, and paying for medical care in the ghetto.
The woman particularly assisted children as they were too young and didn’t deserve to be treated in such a horrid way. Sendler repeatedly claimed that she had saved helped at most 2,500 Jewish children. An opportunity to benefit the lives of children came in September 1943, four years after the Warsaw Ghetto was demolished, as Sendler was officially declared director of Zegato’s Department for the Care of Jewish Children.
This was clearly an honor; however, Irena Sendler still needed an underground name since death-defying consequences were still possible. The woman’s restricted name was “Jolanta”. Irena Sendler had brought Jewish children in need to the orphanages and organizations she was employed at, which allowed the young Jews to escape the horrors of the holocaust.
Sendler was woefully arrested by the authority on October 20th, 1943 after being caught aiding the Jewish. The woman had fortunately managed to conceal evidence pertaining to the orphanages, such as stashes of money to assist those in need, yet was still sentenced to death. The woman was dispatched to a prison where her execution would take place. Acquaintances of the woman were strangely able to bribe the employees with a substantial amount of money; Luckily Irena Sendler was released in February, 1944. Sendler continued to aid Jewish children after the near death experience, even though she was at high risk at being captured once again.