Irena: Wartime Ghetto

The true story of how one woman’s courage saved thousands of children during the Holocaust.

Irena Sendlerowa was a member of the Citizen Center for Social Aid during the Second World War. she joined the resistance and saved 2,500 children from the hell of the Nazi-occupied Warsaw Ghetto. This is the true story of an ordinary woman who accomplished the extraordinary despite senseless circumstances during a frightful period.

The true tale of Irena Sendlerowa, a social worker in the Warsaw ghetto in the early 1940s, during the early days of German occupation. She is credited for saving the lives of 2500 Jewish children by gradually and quietly smuggling them to safety in small groups. While she is eventually arrested by Gestapo, imprisoned, and tortured for her actions, she refuses to reveal her network and is condemned to death.  She is ultimately saved from death by other members of her organization.  After the war, she retrieved the names of all children she saved (kept in a glass jar buried under a tree behind her house) and attempted to locate each of their parents for reunion. And while most of the parents had been gassed in the Holocaust, she made it her mission to help those orphans find new homes.

Another true SCHINDLER’S LIST scenario, illustrated for a younger audience, but equally moving for adults.

Written by: Jean-David Morvan and Séverine Tréfouël
Illustrated by: David Evrard and Walter

  • Pages: 136 pages
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Size:  8.5″ x 11″
  • Cover Price: $19.99
  • ISBN:  978-1-5493-0679-2
  • DOC:  MAY191794
  • RELEASE DATE: July 242, 2019


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The real Irena

Irena Sendlerowa was born in 1910 in Otwock, a small town in central Poland. Irena was 29 years old when the Germans invaded Poland. The Germans soon gathered all the Jews in Warsaw into a small portion of the city that became known as the Warsaw Ghetto. The ghetto’s prison-like conditions led to thousands of deaths every month from starvation and disease. As a non-Jewish social worker, Irena was one of few outsiders allowed to enter thanks to a permit authorizing her to check the grounds for typhus and to help contain the disease from spreading outside the ghetto.

Slowly and carefully, she and a group of friends began sneaking children out of the ghetto, giving them new identities and temporary families. She wrote down each child’s original name, new name, and new address on a small slip of paper and buried the papers in glass jars in hopes of reuniting the children with their parents once the German occupation had ended. Her story was embraced worldwide in 1999 with a celebrated play and television movie bringing global awareness to her bravery. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2007 and 2008, and has earned countless other commendations and praise. She passed away on May 12th, 2008 at the age of 98.