Poland honors woman who saved 2,500 Jews

WARSAW -- A 97-year-old woman credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust was honored by parliament Wednesday at a ceremony during which Poland's president said she deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

Irena Sendler, who lives in a nursing home in Warsaw, was too frail to attend the special session in which members of the Senate unanimously approved a resolution honoring her and the Polish underground Council for Assisting Jews...

Sendler was cited for organizing the "rescue of the most defenseless victims of the Nazi ideology —- the Jewish children."...

Sendler led about 20 [mostly Roman Catholic] helpers who smuggled Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto to safety between 1940 and 1943, placing them in Polish families, convents or orphanages.

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