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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  19 April 2009 (USA)
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The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

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Janina Krzyzanowska
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Stefan Zgrzembski
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Dr. Majkowski
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The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (#58.3)  »

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This film's closing epilogue states: "Irena and Stefan were married in 1947. Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. In 2007 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Irena died in Warsaw, Poland in May, 2008. She was 98 years old." See more »

Quotes

Karolina Rozenfeld: Why do I have to be a Jew?
Irena Sendler [owa]: You were born into the Jewish faith.
Karolina Rozenfeld: What if I want to be something else? I don't like being hated by everybody.
Irena Sendler [owa]: Everybody does not hate you.
Karolina Rozenfeld: Yes they do. You know it's true. What did we ever do? It's not fair.
Irena Sendler [owa]: No, It's not.
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Poignant.
19 April 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I usually find Hallmark movies a bit schmaltzy, but the inclusion of Anna Paquin convinced me to give this a try. I'm glad I did. This was excellent, well-paced, and suspenseful. The character portraits were succinct but rich, and I found myself caring about what happened to everyone, which is quite a feat for a two-hour TV movie.

I won't give the plot away, but considering it's a WW2 movie about sneaking Jewish children out of a ghetto, you can probably guess where it's going.

Production values were excellent. It felt more like a feature than a TV movie. Give it a try.


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