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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Irena Sendler was one of the most remarkable - and most unlikely - heroes of World War II, saving 2500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland.As a social worker, Irena had access to the Warsaw Ghetto, making it possible for her to rescue the daughter of a Jewish friend and safely hide the young girl with a Catholic family. Realizing that thousands of children were still in danger, Irena recruited sympathetic friends and co-workers to smuggle children out and place them in safe homes, farms and convents. At great personal risk, she devised extraordinary schemes to sneak the children by Nazi guards, bringing them out in ambulances, suitcases and even wheelbarrows. Irena was eventually captured by the Gestapo. Even after months of torture, she maintained her silence. Her heroic efforts were honored by a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, ...The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler ( Miss Irena's Children ) ( The Irena Sendler Story )

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Aussie on 13 May 2011
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A Courageous Heart is the story of one Polish woman who, faced with great adversity during WWII, saved the lives of many, many children in the Warsaw Ghetto. Irena Sendler went to her grave believing that she could have done more, but those who see this film will admire her strength, courage and achievement. What is most ironic is the fact that Irena's story was `discovered' by children in the US as part of a history project (Life in a Jar). The film is beautifully told and truly representative of the strength of many Polish women who suffered greatly during the war. Having previously travelled from Australia to Poland and visited Paviak Prison (where Irena was once held), the Warsaw Ghetto (where the film is set), Auschwitz - Birkenau and Majdanek concentration camps, I just cannot imagine the fear that Irena and her helpers must have experienced through those times. Irena Sendler helped save over 2,500 children, was honoured by a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, but it was not enough. This film honours a great woman whose strength should be admired and celebrated. A must see film for those who value life and family.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on 30 July 2010
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My husband is Polish. His mother was taken away by the Nazis, his father fought bravely, escaping from Dachau and earning medals at Monte Cassino. I am always interested in how Poles reacted during the war. I only heard of Irene recently and immediately ordered the DVD. There is no dragging in this film. Action the whole way through! Irene and her courageous band of helpers save literally thousands of children.Ingenuity and courage are the order of the day. At the end of the film we see the real Irene shortly before she died. She regrets not saving more children! What a wonderful woman!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By In My Opinion on 16 Nov. 2012
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We heard about this film when our hotel was opposite the making of it. And one word comes to mind: WOW! I loved every minute of it. A very well made film, with nail-biting suspense and not over dramatic. They captured the horror of WWII, and remained true to fact. What can I say? Click add to basket now.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Angel of Hope on 10 Sept. 2012
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I purchase DVD's for our day's away in the caravan. This true life story about Irena Sendler is truely inspirational. Very well acted. For those like me who are both saddened about the Holocaust & facinated how 'humans can be so cruel to their fellow man & blindly follow orders' this DVD is inspirational. The film is so well written & acted you actually feel as if you are there & can gain an empathy with the characters. This is rare in a film - usually this level of involvement can only be attained when reading a book. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicodemus on 31 Mar. 2012
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Irena Sendler was a member of the AK and a Polish Christian social worker helping Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto in WW2. With her small band of helpers, who overwhelmed with the plight of Jewish children around them she endevoured to help as many as possible escape from the inevitable fate of either starvation or deportation to a worse fate.

Zegota was formed by the Polish Government in Exile to aid Jewish victims of the Nazis. It was a wing of the Polish AK resistance movement. People like Irena were at its cutting edge, arranging the rescue, safe houses and surrogate families, food and false identities.

The risks to Poles for helping Jews were enormous. The helper and their whole family along with neighbours could get shot on the spot. Food among Poles was at starvation levels already and the Poles were constantly terrorised by the German occupiers. Nevertheless tens of thousands actively helped. Significantly many Polish Religious Instutions were used as safe houses by Zegota.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 16 July 2013
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Such a wonderful, inspiring , touching movie - a true story of the life of Irena Sendler ((played by the beautiful Anna Paquin) - a Polish Catholic nurse who risked life and limb - discouraged by her work colleagues, mother and parish priest-to save 1 500 Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto from the clutches of the Satanic Nazi death machine.
While the movie does not depict the more graphic details of the Holocaust, it does show the pathos and pain of families torn apart, the anguish of the parents and the bewilderment and terror of the children.
Sendler succeeded in smuggling approximately 2,500 Jewish children to safety. She was part of the rescue network called Zegota which existed to rescue Jews from the Nazi clutches
she was however caught by the Nazis and horrifically tortured , before being released by a German guard who had been bribed by the Polish underground.
The end of the movie shows an interview with Irena in 2009 where she expresses regret that she could not save more children

Irena Sendler was was recognized by the State of Israel as a Righteous Gentile. This woman was a true saint.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lily the Pink on 27 Nov. 2012
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Although harrowing at times, and your heart is in your mouth hoping that Irena and her tiny group of helpers get their precious cargo out of the ghetto one more time, this is ultimately an up lifting story of human kindess, honour, courage and love. Yes, there are sub-titles - and if you can't turn them off, I find that a strip of paper or card taped along the bottom of the screen is a cheap and cheerful way of covering them up.

What makes me so mad about Irena's story is that she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007 as the blurb states, along with Al Gore. Al Gore won for a film about global warming.

It defies understanding that a woman who saved the lives of 2,500 children; was captured and tortured (she had both legs and feet broken)and who reunited as many of those children she could with their families after the war, was not recognised by the Nobel Prize Committee as being far more deserving of the Peace prize than a politician who made a film.

Anyway, this is a worthy film about a most worthy woman.
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