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Helen learned five different languages & she was the first deaf-blind person to receive BA degree

 Goran Blazeski

Helen Keller was born on June 27th, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her parents were Kate Adams Keller and Colonel Arthur Keller.

Two years after her birth she was stricken by an illness, perhaps rubella or scarlet fever, that left her blind and deaf.

Her parents asked for the help of a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston and soon, her life changed forever.

On March 3rd, 1887, Anne Mansfield Sullivan came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher.

Keller with Anne Sullivan vacationing on Cape Cod in July 1888
Keller with Anne Sullivan vacationing on Cape Cod in July 1888

Helen was  very bright but also pretty unruly and spoiled child, who, under Anne’s extraordinary instructions, achieved tremendous progress in communicating.

Anne began teaching the six-year-old Helen finger spelling. One month after her arrival, Anne had taught Keller the word “water.” She did this by using her fingers to spell letters into Helen’s hand. This is how Helen understood that objects had names.

Three years later, she learned to use the hand signals of the deaf-mute, the Braille alphabet (an alphabet created by Louis Braille for the blind that relies on raised dots), and she became able to read and write.

She also learned to lip-read by placing her fingers on the lips and throat of the speaker.

This is a picture that has been colorized by Michael T. Sanders of Photo Credit
This is a picture that has been colorized by Michael T. Sanders of Photo Credit

She began a slow process of learning to speak under Sarah Fuller of the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston and later in New York City. In 1904, she graduated with distinction from Radcliffe College.

Helen learned five different languages and she was the first deaf-blind person to receive BA degree.

She became a celebrity because of her unprecedented accomplishments in overcoming her disabilities and she even met Mark Twain who was amazed by her.

Helen Keller portrait, 1904
Helen Keller portrait, 1904

She wrote her first book The Story of My Life, during her junior year at Radcliffe. Helen published five other books: Optimism (1903), The World I Live In (1908), My Religion (1927), Helen Keller’s Journal (1938), and The Open Door (1957).

In 1913, she began lecturing by sharing her experiences with audiences and working on behalf of others living with disabilities.

She spent most of the rest of her life as a prominent advocate for the needs and rights of the handicapped and also spoke and wrote in support of women’s rights.

Helen Keller, circa 1912
Helen Keller, circa 1912

in 1924, she became a member of the American Foundation for the Blind for which she later established a $2 million endowment fund.

Helen was invited to the White House by every U.S. president from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon B. Johnson.

Helen Keller became an inspiration for many people, showing that it doesn’t matter if a person has a disability and that with hard work and determination everyone can triumph over adversity.

Hellen Keller died on June 1st, 1968.

The most amazing Woman: Polish midwife risked her life & delivered 3,000 babies in Auschwitz

 Goran Blazeski

Stanislawa Leszczynska was born on May 8th, 1896, in the Bałuty neighborhood of Lodz, Poland.

She was the oldest of three children of Jan Zambrzycki and his wife Henryka. She completed high school in 1914 and 2 years later she married printer Bronisław Leszczynski.

In 1920, Stanislawa and Bronislaw with their two children Bronisław and Sylwia, moved to Warsaw where she enrolled in the midwife college and completed her studies.

In 1922, they moved back to Lodz where she got a job as a midwife.

There , she gave birth to her second son Stanisław and in 1923 her third son, Henryk was born.

Stanisława Leszczynska
Stanisława Leszczynska

Stanislawa loved her job and was on call day and night, assisting women who delivered their newborns at home, since this had been a usual practice in the past.

She worked in the poorest districts of Lodz and often walked miles to each delivery.

When World War II began, Stanislawa and her husband involved in the Polish resistance movement but eventually, the entire family was caught by the Gestapo in 1943.

Her husband was killed in the Warsaw uprising of 1944, her sons were sent to labor camps in Germany while she and her daughter to Auschwitz, where she spent two years in a non-Jewish sector of the camp.

Stanislawa proclaimed herself as midwife to the camp’s authorities and was relegated to women’s camp maternity ward.

All the newborns of the prisoners in the camp were killed before she arrived in April, 1943.

During her time in Auschwitz, Stanislawa delivered over 3,000 babies.

Half of them were murdered and another thousand died due to the horrific conditions in the camp.

But after 1943, about 500 babies with blonde hair and blue eyes were sent to be raised as Germans, while 30 more survived the camp.

Somehow, she managed to tattoo the children who were about to be adopted by German families hoping that one day they will be reunited with their mothers.

All the 3,000 babies delivered by Stanislawa were born alive, not one single baby was lost during birth. She was called “Mother” by the prisoners.

Hungarian Jewish children and an elderly woman on the way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Photo Credit
Hungarian Jewish children and an elderly woman on the way to the gas chambers of AuschwitzPhoto Credit

When World War II was over, Stanislawa returned to her job in Lodz.

All of her children survived the forced labor camps. Stanislawa rarely spoke publicly about her time spent in Auschwitz and never had considered her deeds as heroic or unusual.

She attended an official celebration in 1970 where she met a small group of the surviving babies who had been born in the camp.

Her story is one of the most miraculous accounts from the Holocaust’s history and Stanislawa Leszczynska is being considered for canonization. God bless that woman.

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May 2022

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