Q: Why did Spiderman bring Wonder Woman with him to the used car dealer?

A: So she could use her lasso of Truth on the salesman.

Or how about this one – “People used to say my jokes were bad, until I put a cape on them. Now they’re super bad.”

The woman who plays the part of the super hero Wonder Woman in the movies, is a woman of many wonders and talents, named Gal Gadot. She lives in Israel, where she began her singing, acting and modeling career, but besides that she served two years in the Israel Defense Forces, studied law and international relations, is a motorcycle enthusiast, is trained in kick boxing, Kung Fu, swordsmanship, performs her own stunts, is married to an Israeli engineer and has two children.

Recently, she and her husband have formed a production company, which enables Gal to use her super hero status to bring stories of real life heroines to the big screen. In their latest production, Gal will star as Irena Sendler, a different kind of Wonder Woman – a Polish activist who risked her life to save 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis.

Wearing a nurse’s uniform, Irena smuggled Jewish children out of the ghetto in suitcases, body bags, tool boxes, ambulances, potato sacks, coffins, and even through the sewage system. She rescued these children from being deported to death camps, and instead placed them permanently with Christian families or nuns in a convent.

In the fall of 1943 she was arrested, the Gestapo broke her feet and legs, but she refused to betray her associates or any of the Jewish children. Incredibly her Nazi guards were bribed on the day of her execution and she escaped.

Irena didn’t think of herself as a hero, saying, “I could have done more, and this regret will follow me to my death. In my dreams I still hear the cries when they left their parents.”

It only seems fitting that a modern-day Wonder Woman is depicting the character of this real heroine from the World War II era. Her story, and many others need to be told, not just to entertain, but to inspire us to be there for others and realize the world desperately needs heroes.

Heroes aren’t desiring fame. Irena Sendler described her heroic acts, saying, “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory.”

While remembering all those heroes, let’s not forget to be the heroes for the present and the future.

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Joan Janzen
Joan Janzen resides in Kindersley where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, working as a graphic artist, reading, and of course writing. She likes to compare her column 'Check It Out' to crafting a cake. Sweetness of humor and buttery flavor combine with otherwise hard to swallow zucchini-like information, resulting in a flavorful and fulfilling sensation.