Polish walkway named for woman who saved Jews

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Irena Sendler, former member of Polish resistance movement during WWII, Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo)

Irena Sendler, former member of Polish resistance movement during WWII, Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials have honored Irena Sendler, a Polish woman credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, by naming a walkway in a symbolically important spot after her.

Sendler was a social worker who smuggled Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. The children were placed with Christian families and in convents and given new names. Sendler died in 2008.

President Bronislaw Komorowski and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz presided over the naming ceremony Wednesday. Sendler’s daughter Janina Zgrzembska was also present.

The walkway is in the former Warsaw ghetto between a monument to the Jews who fought in the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising and the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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