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“I sit here as a testament to those people who were committed to saving a Jewish child’s life.”
— William Donat

Irena Sandler In the Name of Their Mothers is the story of a group of young Polish women, who outfoxed the Nazis during World War II and saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children.

A Polish mother and child

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A Polish mother and child in the aftermath of the bombing of Warsaw, 1939.

Irena Sendler, a petite social worker, was not yet thirty years old when Nazi tanks rolled into Warsaw in September of 1939. When the city’s Jews were imprisoned behind a ghetto wall without food or medicine, she appealed to her closest friends and colleagues, mostly young women, some barely out of their teens. Together, they smuggled aid in and smuggled Jewish orphans out of the ghetto by hiding infants on trams and garbage wagons and leading older children out through secret passageways and the city’s sewers. Catholic birth certificates and identity papers were forged and signed by priests and high ranking officials in the Social Services Department so that the children could be taken from safe houses in Warsaw to orphanages and convents in the surrounding countryside.

The scheme was fraught with danger. The city was crawling with ruthless blackmailers, and the Gestapo were constantly on the look out for Jews who had escaped from the ghetto. “You are not Rachel but Roma. You are not Isaac but Jacek. Repeat it ten times, a hundred, even a thousand times,” says Irena, who knew that any child on the street could be stopped and interrogated. If he was unable to recite a Catholic prayer he could be killed.

Magda Rusinek tells us how she taught the children “little prayers that every child knows in Polish. I would wake them up during the night to say the prayer,” says the Sendler collaborator who had joined the Polish Resistance as a teenager. “And then I had to teach them how to behave in a church, a Christian Church.”

“They treated me like their own child,” says Poitr Zettinger, recalling how the sisters would warn him when the Gestapo came to the convent. “They would tell me when I should hide so I’d run up to the attic. I’d hide in a cupboard there.” William Donat, a New York businessman, describes the conflicts inherent in the extraordinary situation. “I was baptized and I was converted and, became a very, very strong Catholic. I was praying every day for perhaps a little more food and for Jesus to forgive me for the terrible sin that I had been born a Jew.”

Sendler and her cohorts kept meticulous records of the children’s Jewish names so that they could be reunited with their parents after the war. Donat was one of the few whose parents survived.

Irena Sendler

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Irena Sendler at age 95 in Warsaw.

In 1942, as conditions worsened and thousands of Jews were rounded up daily and sent to die at the Treblinka death camp, less than hour outside Warsaw, Sendler and her cohorts began to appeal to Jewish parents to let their children go. Sixty years later, Irena still has nightmares about the encounters. “Those scenes over whether to give a child away were heart-rending. Sometimes, they wouldn’t give me the child. Their first question was, ‘What guarantee is there that the child will live?’ I said, ‘None. I don’t even know if I will get out of the ghetto alive today.”

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Irena Sendler

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw , Poland
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During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried.She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking which covered the kids/infants noises.

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During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

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In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Later another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.

In MEMORIAM – 65 YEARS LATER
I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message.
I hope you’ll consider doing the same. It is now more than 67 years since the Second World War in Europe ended.
This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, In memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

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Corporate Assault on Our Lives And Our Health

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by Morgan Strong
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We are all born tainted, or so most religions claim. There are a number of rituals to cleanse us so that we may enter humanity’s diversity unmarked by sin. There are vanities believed in a variety of religions to affect the diminution of our corporal contamination.

They are for the most part voodoo, cures to regain our innocence which was, by some mysterious antagonist, contaminated in the placenta, indeed somehow floating within the amniotic fluid that we float in and the umbilical from which we are sustained. There is a charge for this resumption of purity, by the way. A tithe owed the religion of which our parents are supplicants so that we might regain our innocence.

The very idea that we are somehow tainted in the womb is appalling. Once thought safe and serene it is now discovered to be Babylon extant. Perhaps mommy was naughty and since we are attached to mommy and dependent entirely on her passage of nutrients, anytime mommy steps off the narrow path of righteousness we suffer that offense more profoundly than naughty mommy ever realized.

There is another thing far more certain than mere superstition that awaits the newborn. There is a Social Security number and a credit rating. Beginning with our squalling breech of the womb, we are marked by this obscenity. This marking, indelible yet unseen, our credit score, will continue throughout our lives and in effect compel us to make the choice of the path we are to follow.

Think of it. A strapping, grand organization, run by fallible, men and women, deciding our fate, godlike in their power. They, the credit rating companies, there are only three of any consequence, define us, decide how we are to be placed in our societies tiers, compel us to live according to their perfidious demands.

We may be told time and again we live in a free society but we clearly do not. There is no exaggeration in the claim that they now determine the course of our lives. Intruding into every aspect, every nook and cranny, of our passage from the womb to the grave.

All of this vile intrusion is done secretly but condoned by the corporate and political structure of our society, making us all no more than marketing fools. A sort of implied existence not quite substantive, we are believed to be permitted to live as we choose, sometimes our choices, given any number of effecting circumstance, prove to enrage the credit Monmouths that monitor our behavior.

Given the spontaneity, and often time’s irrational nature of humankind, we are most of us likely to deviate from the narrow constrants, through whim or folly. Well beyond the boundary the credit reporting companies will tolerate. Allowed this we are all forever doomed. We live in the United States in an economy, a most elemental state, in which virtually all we possess is based on extended credit for the most necessary possessions.

That means a house, a car, any accouterment we desire. We are induced, and then seduced into a make believe world of material objects. Some quite necessary to possess, others of questionable utility. Through this all we are closely observed. Like the Gestapo or the KGB, they lurk in the shadow, calculating our worth as human beings, and affix a number which while arbitrary is of great consequence to our natural state of being.

In our society these unholy creations would seem to be prohibited by the number of constitutional provisions that allow us to be free of such an insidious creation as the credit reporting companies. They are anathema to all, uncontrolled and free to exalt, or condemn each of us by defining us only to worth as they assess our worth, with their muddled tampering.

How can this be so, how can a group of men and women unknown to us, define our worth, or capacity, our value? A most irresponsible political failure allows them to exist. There is no longer simple trust in our society. Trust and honesty is now defined by not by our actions alone, but how these companies tolerate our existence.

Somewhere, somehow a legislative body will condemn these companies for the harm and injury they do, and the illegal intrusions they make into our lives. We should not have to live under the thumb of these most vile creatures.

(Morgan Strong is a former professor of Middle Eastern History, and was a consultant to CBS News “60 Minutes” on the Middle East.)

(United Press International’s “Outside View” commentaries are written by outside contributors who specialize in a variety of important issues. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of United Press International. In the interests of creating an open forum, original submissions are invited.)

 

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Imagine you are sitting at home one day in the near future and you see a letter from the IRS. You open it and see that your family is being fined $2000 because you didn’t comply with the “Affordable Care Act” (i.e., ObamaCare). You turn to your wife and ask her about it. She states that the family does in fact have health insurance through the States’ “health exchange.”

After a sinuous journey through the IRS labyrinth’s voice mail system, you determine that the penalty is because your family was deemed not eligible for the ObamaCare health exchanges. That you should have purchased private health insurance.

The reason?

Your 13-year-old daughter had been babysitting the next door neighbor’s toddler over the summer and the neighbor had claimed the amount on their taxes. Adding this amount to your total income had put your family outside of the 133% poverty level for eligibility in the health exchanges.

Yes, ObamaCare will require income from everyone living in the household. Grandma got a $10.00 rebate from the company that she gets her diabetes supplies? Counts. Johnny won a $20.00 gift certificate for selling the most candy bars at a school fundraiser? Counts. The IRS will be sifting through every aspect of your lives. Is calling these new IRS powers Gestapo-like a stretch? Probably not. The IRS will need to determine a household’s total income down to the penny what healthcare you qualify for; whether you will get tax credits; whether you are eligible for the health exchanges, and how much exactly you should be fined if you fail to purchase health insurance.

Take this enormous power, the digging through every financial aspect of a family’s finances and quadruple it. In only one small part of IRS’s far-reaching tentacles is the new 1099 requirement for businesses. “According to Section 9006 of the 2,409-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, beginning on January 1, 2012 all businesses will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contractors but to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year. Currently 1099s need only be issued to individuals, not  corporations.” Add to that the thousands of new regulations that will determine what type of health insurance they need to buy for employees, penalties for non-compliance, how penalties will be calculated not to mention the thousands of dollars per employee businesses will be required to spend on health insurance.

ObamaCare, as conservatives have been saying all along, is not about healthcare. It is about the increase in power of the federal government. It is about controlling every aspect of a citizen’s life. It is about a hostility towards the capitalist system. It is about ushering in a “fundamental transformation” of this country. It is about moving the United States towards a democratic socialism modeled on the Western European countries, that favors unions, “community groups” (ACORN-style organizations), and large, government-controlled, government-picked corporations.

Of course the fact that all of these governments that have adhered to this system are crumbling before our eyes does not seem to deter our Fundamental Transformer-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.

But if ObamaCare is permitted to stand we will not become Greece. We will, as Maine Governor Paul LePage has intimated, become Hitler’s Germany.

And that is not an exaggeration.