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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Janina Krzyzanowska
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Stefan Zgrzembski
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Dr. Majkowski
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Piotr
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Monsignor Godlewski
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Ewa Rozenfeld
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Hanna Rozenfeld
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Jakub Rozenfeld
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Jadwiga
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Rebecca Windheim ...
Karolina Rozenfeld
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Zofia
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Rabbi Rozenfeld
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Michal Laski
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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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Biography | Drama | War

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19 April 2009 (USA)  »

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

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This film's opening prologue states: "World War II rages through Europe. In occupied Poland, the Germans have established the Warsaw Ghetto for all the Jewish residents of the city. Over 440,000 Jews are forced inside its walls . . . There are some Poles who want to help . . . " See more »

Quotes

Irena Sendler [owa]: One child is not enough!
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Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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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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