The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
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Hallmark continues to be a wonderful source of inspiration and tells of the stories of heartfelt, caring individuals that risked their lives to succeed in what they beleived was right to save the most innocent of souls.
German propaganda had attempted to convince the Poles that the Jews were being locked up in ghettos in order to protect the Polish population from the typhus borne by Jews. For a long time, Jews had thought of the Germans as a very civilized people, for whom mass extermination of peoples would have been unthinkable. Warsaw's Jews deluded themselves into thinking that Warsaw's nearly 500,000-strong Jewish community was too large to be harmed by the Nazis. Then, for a long time, too many Jews had accepted the Germans' "resettlement" claims at face value.
Irena's Sendler's offer of help was not all that well received. Many Jewish leaders thought that, since Jews had survived persecutions before, they could do so again, and do it without aid from the Poles. Furthermore, many Jewish parents did not want their children raised by Poles, if only out of the fear that they would, through deliberate acts or passive influences, convert to Christianity. Some Jews thought that the risk of their children converting to Christianity was equivalent in outcome to the risk of dying, while other Jews disagreed with this notion. Then of course it was difficult for parents to voluntarily part with children in the hope that they would survive the war.
Successfully placing Jewish children in Polish homes was very difficult because the Jewish children had to be smuggled out of the ghetto. In addition, Jews did not fit into Polish society. Poland's Jews mostly spoke Yiddish and had a weak understanding of Polish, if that.Read more ›
Not all Polish Catholics were interested in assisting Jews. Anti-Semitism was pervasive in Poland prior to the war and continued into the occupation. One of the four political parties which comprised the Polish underground Delegatura, the National Party representing conservative Catholics, refused to support Zegota in any way. It was only until the spring of 1944, when it was already too late, that the Polish Government-in-exile began supporting Zegota with any seriousness. Despite lack of funding and support, the brave and selfless individuals who comprised Zegota carried on with their mission in the face of tremendous danger to their own personal safety.
Anna Pacquin gives a gritty performance as the determined Sendler, although she does seem to play only one note throughout. While this movie was shot in Latvia, Polish film buffs will recognize a number of Polish actors in the cast including the incomparable Danuta Stenka. To its credit, the film does touch upon the anti-Semitic attitudes of some Poles. This is a Hallmark, made-for-television movie so don't expect the large budget accouterments of a theatrical release. That being said, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" is both entertaining and informative. A five-star-film? No. But a worthwhile effort. Kudos to Hallmark for bringing the heroic story of Sendler and Zegota to the American general public.
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I showed this to my 6th grade class as part of a WWII unit. I wanted to go beyond Anne Frank and show what other people were doing to take action during WWII and the amazing story... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mauka
An enjoyable film. It is now making the rounds of my Book Club -- Thank you!Published 24 days ago by Jean
I like this actress and she has matured very nicely from her younger days. A very good film that makes you think about humanity and the war.Published 27 days ago by thymegarden
Love this movie. I have been telling this story for years to my students. Now I can show them the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angela M. Montgomery