Irena Sendler, a Polish heroine of the Second World War, had died aged 98. She always played down her actions but she risked her life to rescue an estimated 2,500 Jewish children from the notorious Warsaw ghetto.
Allowed to enter in her role working for the city’s Social Welfare Department, she helped smuggle youngsters out in ambulances, fire engines, even in workmen’s toolbags. Arrested by the Gestapo, she was brutally tortured – her legs and feet broken. Irena Sendler was later honoured by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.