Anna Paquin’s The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler on DVD

April 20, 2009 by  

irrunThe Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler premiered on CBS on Sunday, April 19, 2009 and showcased to huge audiences Anna Paquin‘s magnificent performance as Irena Sendler, the Polish Catholic social worker who risked her own life to save the lives of 2500 Jewish children to escape extermination in the Warsaw Ghettos during World War II.  The heart wrenching tale of Jewish mothers torn between giving away their children to an unknown fate and holding on to them and not knowing if they will survive the nightmare is a reminder of the atrocities that mankind is capable of inflicting upon one another and hopefully preventing from reoccurring ever again.  The movie demonstrated how Polish families and others put their own lives at risks to save the lives of the Jewish children who given a fate sealed to them by the Nazis of extermination.  The memories of World War II seems distant for many now but stories like The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler must never be forgotten and Anna Paquin‘s performance as the young determined woman to do whatever she could to save the lives of the children was memorable.  Miss Paquin unique ability to portray compassion for the children and “a heart of stone” that she had to maintain in order to carry on with her task and facing obstacles, brought the spirit of that time back to life before the audiences’ eyes and made one shake their heads at the horrific conditions.  The Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler with Anna Paquin‘s superb performance as Irena Sendler will be made available on DVD in June through Hallmark. This is one movie that everyone must see. To learn more about Irena Sendler you can visit and

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