The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

is a movie based on Anna Mieszkowska's book entitled "Matka dzieci Holocaustu". It tells the story of the activities of Irena Sendler during World War II, who together with a group of co-workers, initiated a large-scale operation to rescue children from the Warsaw Ghetto. The film focuses primarily on the contribution of the Polish nation to saving Jews.


Movie description

The movie covers both Irena's cooperation with the Council to Aid Jews - "Zegota" - and with the Church. Thanks to this help, children taken out of the ghetto were placed in Polish families, orphanages, and monasteries. In this way, Irena saved about 2,500 thousand children.

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In 1943 the Protagonist is arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to death, but thanks to a high ransom paid by Żegota she is executed only on "paper".


The film ends with Irena leaving for a farm in the mountains, where she and her fiancé Stefan hide under a false name until the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising.