The forgotten heroine of the Holocaust who smuggled 2,500 ghetto children to safety in coffins, suitcases... and even a toolbox

As world marks liberation of the Nazi concentration camps…

She witnessed starving children and the SS using skulls for target practice Irena was left scarred after being tortured by the Gestapo What I did was not an extraordinary thing… it was normal

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THE pretty, dark-haired young woman in a nurse’s uniform felt her heart thump inside her chest as she presented her identity papers to the Nazi soldiers guarding one of the few entrances to the Warsaw Ghetto. It was the summer of 1942 and the truth...

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