This Week in History
On October 20, 1943, Irena Sendler threw a package out a window to a friend below, who quickly hid it under her arm. Coming up the stairs were nine Nazi soldiers, ready to arrest her for her work with the Polish underground. Sendler would be sent to the notorious Pawiak prison; there she was tortured to divulge the names of her co-conspirators and to reveal the contents of that package. The little parcel contained a list of the true identities of thousands of Jewish children whom Sendler and her team had smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 and 1943, hiding them among non-Jewish fam
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This Week: October 16 - October 22
Esther Lederer, better known as "Ann Landers," published her first advice column.
The Kadima Reconstructionist Jewish Community in Seattle read from the first Torah ever commissioned to be written by women, and the first ever to be written by a group of women, known as the Women's Torah Project.
The announcement that chemist Gertrude Elion had won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine represented the culmination of an unlikely career.
Gertrude Berg, star and producer of the popular radio comedy "The Goldbergs," made her television debut as Molly Goldberg.
The Jewish Women's Archive joined with National Women's Philanthropy for an historic celebration of 350 years of Jewish women in America at the International Lion of Judah conference.
Ernestine Rose, a leading early American advocate for women's rights, presided over the Fifth National Woman's Rights Convention in Philadelphia.
Irena Sendler Saves Jewish Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
Frances Y. Slanger, R.N. became the first American nurse killed in Europe after D-Day.
Ethel Stark is first woman to conduct at Carnegie Hall
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