Though Irena Sendler died almost a year ago (5.12.08), Hallmark wants to make sure that though she's gone, she's not forgotten.
Irena Sendler was a Polish social worker who rescued over 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. At remarkable personal risk, Sendler devised spectacular schemes to smuggle children past Nazi guards, delivering them to safe homes, farms and convents via ambulances, suitcases, even wheelbarrows.
Often referred to as "The Female Schindler" (why not call him "The Male Sendler"?), Sendler showed quiet compassion, courage and heroism, that saved not only thousands of Jews' lives, but also countless generations of their descendants.
The Hallmark Hall of Fame presents and Anna Paquin stars in Sendler's story, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," this Sunday, April 19th @ 8 PM Central on CBS.