Irena Sendlerowa (1910-2008) a Polish Catholic social worker, saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during WWII. As a member of the Polish Underground, she helped to smuggle the children out of the Warsaw ghetto by posing as an inspector of sanitary conditions during a typhus outbreak. The rescued infants and children were given false identity papers, and their true names and families were written on lists that were placed in jars and buried for safekeeping.
She was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943, severely tortured and sentenced to death, but was rescued by the Zegota who bribed German guards on the way to her execution. She lived in hiding after that. She was recognized by Yad Vashem, by Pope John Paul II, and the Polish government. She received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award postumously, and was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize in 2007.
In a letter to the Polish Parliament she wrote, “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.”
More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler
Recently a film magazine published a hint about a possible relationship between Kili (Aidan Turner) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) in The Hobbit movies. This bummed me out, because I had a relationship between Thorin and Tauriel worked out so beautifully. Or at least I thought it was beautiful.
Could there be some sort of a triangle? Could the hints be wrong? Maybe the magazine people were just making it all up.
However, Thorin has a lot on his plate in this story. He’s struggling to lead his ragtag band across Middle Earth while dealing with a challenging hobbit, he’s got to figure out how to defeat a dragon, plus he’s got to deal with elven kings and human leaders and pesky wizards.
On the other hand, Kili doesn’t have much to do. If you’re going to add a sparky love story, it might as well be given to his character instead of to poor, overworked Thorin. Also, as I mentioned in another post, putting Tauriel into a relationship with Thorin would push Bilbo out of his rightful place as the catalyst for Thorin’s change.
Then I wondered which of the two men Evangeline Lilly might have better chemistry with. So, I found an online horoscope service that does free synastry charts and plugged in their official birthdates (it was kind of a slapdash sort of thing–I didn’t want to be bothered looking up exact times, or latitudes and longitudes, which a proper astrologer would do).
My result: AT and EL have lots of good, flowing aspects among their planets. Lots of good chemistry there. RA and EL have fewer aspects and the ones they have are more challenging–which means either the potential for romantic conflict, or else not as much common ground. But heck, what do I know?
Sigh. So back to the drawing board, I guess. I still like the way I had the story worked out, but it seems even less likely now that it will be in The Hobbit movies.