On February 15, 1910, Irena Sendler was born in Warsaw, Poland. She spent much of her childhood in Otwock, Poland, just outside of Warsaw. Her father operated a sanatorium in this small town. Irena would move back to Warsaw as a young woman, graduate from the University of Warsaw and join the Social Welfare Department in the city. It was from this department she drew her co-rescuers for one of the great heroic rescues of the 20th century. Irena would have been 111 this month. She passed on May 12, 2008. Her life was a light in the darkness during World War II. Her life is still a light in the world.