The men and women of the Polish Underground confronted danger head-on throughout the German occupation of their country, only to see liberation from the Red Army turn into further decades of repression. While undermining the occupying forces, gathering intelligence for the Allies, and preventing supplies from reaching the meat-grinder of the Eastern Front, the Polish fighters faced brutal retaliation for their efforts if caught.
Among their branches was the Żegota Council – the Polish Council to Aid Jews – which was responsible for saving tens of thousands of the country’s Jewish population from the horrors of the Holocaust. Their special subdivision that focused on children was headed by an extraordinary woman by the name of Irena Sendler. Yet even before Żegota was founded in 1942, Irena had been hard at work saving Jewish children from the horrors of Nazi occupation, at great personal risk.