Hallmark debuts movie about a brave social worker during the Holocaust

Hallmark will debut “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” on Sunday April 19 at 9/8c. Based on the true story of a social worker who saved 2,500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland, the movie examines how she risked her own life to save thousands of others. As a Catholic social worker, Sendler gained access to the Warsaw ghetto and was angry at the conditions and treatment she was witnessing. Hallmark documents that “at great personal risk she devised extraordinary schemes to sneak children by Nazi guards, bringing them out in ambulances, suitcases, and even wheelbarrows.”

Sendler created an underground network of helpers, mostly women, who were willing to risk death and imprisonment to save the lives of innocent children. She was eventually caught by the Gestapo and imprisoned for three months, but didn’t release any information about her secret life. Irena Sendler never sought recognition but was a hero and this film documents her passionate, dangerous, and unknown path to dramatically alter the course of many lives during the Holocaust.

NASW commends the Hallmark channel for providing an insightful and educational look into a social worker who few know about today, but who deserves recognition.


  1. A very socially relevant movie! Can’t help but show my admiration for social workers!

  2. I stumbled on this movie and loved it. My daughter is now reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” and watching “The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas”, I know she would love this movie. When will it play again or when can we rent it?

  3. I thought I taped it but I didn’t will it be shown in may. We are studying the holocaust

  4. WARNING – We got sucked into the Hallmark commercials telling of golden days when the family would sit down to a good Hallmark program and make a family evening of the event. So we did, with our 9-year old daughter. For days, or should I say nights, we put up with the aftermath of the graphic depiction of the Holocaust. This film should be rated R for outright violence.

  5. Will this movie be repeated and when?

  6. I missed this program, will it be shown again?

  7. A deeply moving depiction of the courage, conviction and commitment of a young woman who risked her life to save lives. Irena Sendler’s life story is a lesson for all – one person can truly make a difference, despite the odds.

  8. Did anyone tape this movie? I would love to see it.

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