Other Notable Deaths

May 13, 2008

IRENA SENDLER, 98

Saved children from Nazis

Irena Sendler - a Polish social worker who helped save some 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto and giving them false identities - has died in Warsaw, Poland. She was 98.

Ms. Sendler died at a hospital yesterday morning, her daughter, Janina Zgrzembska, told the Associated Press.

Ms. Sendler had been hospitalized since last month with pneumonia.

Born in Warsaw, Ms. Sendler was a social worker with the city's welfare department, masterminding the risky rescue operations of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany's brutal World War II occupation.

Records show that her team of about 20 people saved nearly 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto between October 1940 and April 1943, when the Nazis burned the ghetto, shooting the residents or sending them to death camps.

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