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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler is a american film of genre Drama directed by John Kent Harrison released in USA on 19 april 2009 with Anna Paquin

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
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Released in USA 19 april 2009
Length 1h35
Directed by
Genres Drama,    War,    Biography
Rating72% 3.644843.644843.644843.644843.64484

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler is a 2009 television film directed by John Kent Harrison. The film is a co-production between United States and Poland companies. The teleplay by Harrison and Lawrence John Spagnola, based on the 2007 biography 'Die Mutter der Holocaust-Kinder: Irena Sendler und die geretteten Kinder aus dem Warschauer Ghetto' (DVA Dt.Verlags-Anstalt, ISBN 978-3421059123 / English translation 2010: The Mother of the Holocaust Children by Anna Mieszkowska), focuses on Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children to safety during World War II.
The Hallmark Hall of Fame production, which was filmed on location in Riga, Latvia, was broadcast by CBS on April 19, 2009, and released to DVD in Hallmark Gold Crown stores in early June of that year.


Irena Sendler (née Krzyżanowska) is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, her idea is met with skepticism by fellow workers, her parish priest, and even her own mother Janina.


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