Irena Sendler, the blue-eyed woman, is entering a Jewish ghetto. A Nazi soldier is skeptical as some prisoners have escaped but lets her pass. Unfortunately for him, Irena is one of the people working to get the prisoners out. To get into the ghetto, Sendler uses her position as "Social Worker" to get past the guards.
I'm a social worker. You know why I'm here. Let me in.
Fine. But you'd better not try anything.
Irena is smuggling a child out of the ghetto in a sack under the cover of night. She has used many different methods to rescue children. These include sneaking them out in coffins, sacks that she carried, or in ambulances. Now, she carries a young girl in the sack, doing everything she can so that she doesn't get caught.
Irena and the child are hiding out in an abandoned building. They are afraid of getting caught, which would mean they would be tortured or killed. Outside, soldiers can be heard. Irena has trained her dog to bark to cover up the noise of children crying, which gives them time to escape.
Pierdolić! They weren't supposed to be here!
Bark! Bark! Bark!
Irena and the child manage to sneak out, but barely. They make their way to Irena's friend, who will hide Adinah, the young girl until it is safe. Adinah will be placed with a new family under a new name so that she isn't found. Even if the Nazi soldiers come looking, all they'll find is a good family that isn't suspicious, and be on their way.
Thank you. Take good care of her.
After rescuing Adinah, Irena sits in her house and writes Adinah's name, along with her real family and the family that will hide her. Irena's goal is that, once the war is over, she'll be able to reunite children with their families. She keeps records of every child she's saved. This paper is now one of hundreds.
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Adinah Flor Lazarus/Chasha Flohr Adriel/Andrew Moore
The theme of this story is simple. Being a hero, even if you believe you are not one, can be as simple as standing up for what you believe in and fighting for others. While Irena didn't believe that she is a hero, even after all she did, she truly was one. It took great courage to rescue so many, and she viewed it as something normal, something anyone would do.
"Heroes do extraordinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal."