The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
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Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, her idea is met with skepticism by fellow workers, her parish priest, and even her own mother Janina.

Release Date:April 19, 2009
Genres:Drama, War
Production Company:Jeff Most Productions, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Baltmedia, K&K Selekt, Most / Rice Productions, Telekompanija Forma Pro
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:John Kent Harrison, Tracy Young
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Plot Keywords:holocaust, world war ii, biography, nazi germany
  • In the greatest darkness, the brightest lights shine.
    April 19, 2009
    Hallmark's sentimental touch has never been more appropriate than for this story of a Polish nurse that saved the life of 2500 Jewish children during WWII. Anna Paquin (BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE) is quickly becoming the Queen of TV movies. Her performance here is amazing. Marcia Gay Harden, who plays her equally brave mother, also gives a fine performance. The editing is quite sharp. The violent scenes, like the Gestapo's torture scenes, are jarring to say the least. I was expecting a female version of SCHINDLER'S LIST but after the film was over I could not help but compare this story to THE HIDING PLACE. Irena Sendler is a worthy heroine in the same league as Corrie Ten Boom. Some viewers might think "Enough already" with these kind of stories but when they are as good as this I will respond "Keep them coming!"