sunday, march 27, 2011
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Halocaust Angel Irena Sendler Is Arcadia, FL, Couple's March Is Women's History Month Nominee
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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
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
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
sunday, march 20, 2011
Hyde Park, NY, Woman Names Dr. Dorothy Hansine Andersen
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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
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
Roberta in Po-Town
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.
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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." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Dallas_DudleyLove 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. Roberta
So be the next winner of a personal autographed
Email me back now.
It will only take you a few minutes.
saturday, march 5, 2011
Celebrate Women’s History Month; Win a Copy of Jolt: a rural noir
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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
Rights Advocates: Dorthea Dix, Roberta Edison Roy, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Dorthea Irene Height
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
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