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sunday, march 27, 2011

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Halocaust Angel Irena Sendler Is Arcadia, FL, Couple's March Is Women's History Month Nominee

The name Irena Sendler, 15 February 1910 – 12 May 2008, echoes around the world as Sendler's living contribution flickers ever alive among the descendants of the two thousand five hundred babies and children whose lives she saved during World War II German occupation of Warsaw. Helped by some twenty or more others, starting in 1942, Sendler, a Roman Catholic, served in the Polish underground resistance organization Zegota under the cover name of Jolanta. 

By profession, a Polish social worker, Sendler posed as an official sent to regular check the conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto, ostensibly to prevent the further spread of Typhoid beyond the Ghetto confines. Instead she used these visits to smuggle out infants and children in packages, boxes, suitcases, and trollies. Traveling by ambulance and trolley, they were then transported to and placed in the homes of Polish families or in Catholic orphanages and convents. 

To preserve the names of the children and the families with whom they were placed, Sendler wrote and secreted them on slips of paper buried in jars to be excavated when the war was over and the children and their families could be reunited. Meantime, members of the Zegota helped with the provision of necessary papers and documentation to establish the children's new identities. 

When the Soviets took over Poland, Sendler was arrested and tortured. Among other indignities and hurts, they broke her legs and feet. Still, she refused to reveal any names.

Then in 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo and condemned to death, but the Żegota saved her. Having bribed the German guards on the way to her execution, Sendler was spared and nonetheless listed with others as having been executed. Left in the woods, unconscious, her arms and legs broken, the resistance workers rescued her.

After the war Sendler gathered the names-documenting papers from the jars where they had been buried and set out to reunite the children with their natural Jewish families. Most of the parents however had been killed or had gone missing.

Sendler has been honored in song, film, and awards including Poland's highest civil decoration, "The Order of the White Eagle" and the Jan Karski award "For Courage and Heart" given by the American Center of Polish Culture in Washington, D. C. In 2007 she was among the nominees considered to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alva Press, Inc., thanks Joe and Beverly Leveille of Arcadia, FL, for bringing the life and contributions of Irena Sendler to our attention in this, March Is Women's History Month.

As promised to those who take the time in March to submit the name of a woman of importance from their state or country, your signed edition of Jolt: a rural noir should be in your hands sometime this week.


Only a few days left to submit a name and be awarded a hard cover copy of Jolt: a rural noir for your trouble. So do send in your email soon.

Roberta in Po-Town, Proud to be a woman

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sunday, march 20, 2011

Hyde Park, NY, Woman Names Dr. Dorothy Hansine Andersen

As Alva Press celebrates March Is Women's History Month, Wilma Tully of Hyde Park, NY, has become the second winner of a signed, hard cover copy of Jolt: a rural noir. Wilma named Dr. Dorothy Hansine Andersen (May 15, 1901 – 1963) as a woman of importance from her area of the United States. 

Wilma reported that although Dr. Andersen was born in Asheville, North Carolina, after earning her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1926, she completed a surgical internship at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York and taught anatomy at the University of Rochester. 

Denied a surgical residency at Strong because she was a woman, she joined the staff in the department of pathology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and became the first physician to recognize cystic fibrosis (CF) as a disease; further, with the help of her research team, she created the first tests to diagnose CF.  

In 1938 Dr. Andersen published an article, "Cystic Fibrosis of the Pancreas and Its Relation to Celiac Disease: a Clinical and Pathological Study, in the American Journal of Diseases of Children."  In it, she described the characteristic cystic fibrosis of the pancrease and correlated it with the lung and intestinal disease prominent in CF.  She then went on to hypothesize that CF was a recessive disease and became the first to use pancreatic enzyme replacement to treat affected children.  

Dr. Andersen's findings laid the groundwork for the later development in
1952 by Paul di Sant' Agnese of the sweat test which increased the confirmation of the genetic aspect of CF and facilitated early diagnosis.

Wilma's granddaughter Ashley is in her twenties now and Wilma writes of that "for a child with CF to live this long was unheard of in 1938.  Ashley has been on enzymes all her life and I am thankful for Dorothy and her dedication and I pray every day for a cure for CF."

Thanks to Wilma A. Tully for bringing to our attention the name and contribution of Dr. Dorothy Hansine Andersen and all best wishes to Wilma's granddaughter, Ashley.

Roberta in Po-Town

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sunday, march 6, 2011

Brentwood, TN, Woman Names Anne Dallas Dudley (1876-1955)
First winner of a copy of Jolt: a rural noir in the Alva Press 'March Is Woman's History Month' competition is Ruth Moors D'Eredita of Brentwood, TN.

Ruth wrote, "The woman from Tennessee that I would mention is Anne Dallas Dudley (1876-1955). Anne was a suffragist from Nashville, close to where I live, responsponsible for the 19th Amendment's passage in Tennessee, the last state needed for passage."

Love and thanks, Ruth, for taking the time to share. Reading about Anne Dallas Dudley in wikipedia touched my heart and refreshed my belief in how the efforts of one woman can often achieve so much.

Please email Alva Press, Inc., with the name of a woman who made a significant societal contribution to the State or Country where you live. Write with it a brief statement about the work she did and win a free copy of Jolt: a rural noir.

Four more copies of Jolt: a rural noir are waiting.
So be the next winner of a personal autographed copy.
Email me back now.
It will only take you a few minutes.

Roberta in Po-Town
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saturday, march 5, 2011

Celebrate Womenís History Month; Win a Copy of Jolt: a rural noir

Alva Press, Inc., is celebrating March Is Women’s History's Month by offering free copies of Jolt: a rural noir to the first five persons emailing this--the Alva Press, Inc.--website with the name of a woman who has made a difference in the state or country in which you live. Each entry must be accompanied by a brief statement as to why her name is being submitted, your name, and an address to which your copy of Jolt: a rural noir may be sent.  Winners along with the names of women recommended, and the city, state, or country of their prominence will be listed in the first April 2011 blog.

Meantime, author publisher Roberta M. Roy reports that from where she sits in New York State, the women listed below come most quickly to mind. Almost all were or are residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley in the contiguous counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Weschester, Orange, and Ulster Counties and all were either pioneers in their efforts or achieved state, national, or worldwide results or recognition for their efforts.

Freedom rider in the American Revolution: Sybil Ludington

Abolitionists: Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth

Human Rights Advocates: Dorthea Dix, Roberta Edison Roy, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Dorthea Irene Height

Feminist activists, theorists, and writers: Gloria Steinham, Dr. Ann Scott, Dr. Teresa Gessner, Karen DeCrow, Roberta M. Ottaviani

Movie Stars and Community Activists: Mary Tyler Moore, Joanne Woodward

Politicians and Elected Officials: Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Artists: Elizabeth Doolittle Hampel, miniature watercolors and portrait painter; Carolee Schneemann, pioneer in Performance Art

Writers: Kate Millett and Pearl S. Buck

Roberta M. Roy, Po-Town, A woman

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