The Life in a Jar: Irena Sendler Project continues to share Irena's message in many different ways. We have several performances in the near future. To learn more about this story, the award winning book is available. Many people around the world are also sharing the book with their friends!
“Did I do enough?” - Irena Sendler
On October 20, 1943, the Gestapo came to Irena Sendler’s apartment and took her to a jail. There they interrogated and brutally tortured her for the names of Zegota leaders, which she refused to give up. She received a sentence of death by firing squad, and stayed for weeks in prison with her legs and feet fractured from the beatings. The night before she was to be executed, a German guard, whom Zegota had bribed, helped her escape. The next... day, posters went up all over the city with news that Irena had been shot. She read these posters herself. When the war was finally over, she dug up the jars and began the difficult job of finding the children and locating living relatives. Tragically, most family members had perished at Treblinka.
For the remainder of her life, she was haunted by the horrors she had witnessed, asking herself every day, “Did I do enough?"
Megan Felt, one of the founders of Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project, spoke at a TEDx event this year furthering the mission of making Irena's story known.
A powerful trip to Warsaw led by Life in a Jar teacher and Director Norm Conard. A Life in a Jar student founder and a current Life in a Jar cast member will also be joining the group. This is a once in a life time trip to visit the Irena Sendler sites and experience Warsaw in a special way.
Yesterday was the beginning of a powerful trip to Warsaw. The group of 30 people are being lead by Life in a Jar teacher and Director Norm Conard. A Life in a Jar student founder and a current Life in a Jar cast member will also be joining the group. This will be a once in a life time trip to visit the Irena Sendler sites and experience Warsaw in a special way.
75 years ago today, the starvation of those in the Ghetto had reached epic proportions.
75 years ago this spring, most of the rescues done by Irena Sendler and her network took place.
You must come and see our new Irena Sendler Exhibit at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas. We had visitors this week from the Chicago. Their local college taught a class on Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project!! We have no idea how many times this happens across the country. The legacy of Irena Sendler goes on and on.
Irena Sendler's legacy continues to grow! The Irena Sendler Award in Warsaw, Poland. This teaching award continues to bring Irena's actions to the forefront of Poland's history while honoring an amazing woman who made a difference. As the days go by, more and more schools around the world are being named after Irena Sendler! Irena Sendler and Life in a Jar will is featured in the new Lowell Milken Center's Hall of Heroes. The large exhibit has interactive components for visitors to explore.
As time goes on, we continue to work to spread her story and message of those who follow the motto her father taught her. "If you see someone drowning you must jump in and save them whether you can swim or not."
One hundred and seven years ago today, Irena Sendler was born.
She changed the world and proved that one person can make a difference. She and her network did courageous work, seventy years ago this spring and summer. We remember Irena and her spirit everyday but especially today. Her courage and valor shows us that we must all make a difference. It is our responsibility to make the world a better place. We salute this incredible woman.
Students from around the U.S. are writing us daily wanting to learn more about Irena Sendler. They are completing projects for the National History Day competition this year. If you have a NHD competition going on around you make sure you go watch some student performances and documentaries. They are very exciting to see!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Life in a Jar family. We wish you the happiest greetings this Thanksgiving season.
May you and your family enjoy these holidays and share the joy with others. As the leaves of autumn fall, we are thankful for everyone in the very large Irena Sendler family (all those who are sharing her story with the world.)
We try to share information on Irena Sendler and her network at various times. Our new exhibit at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes ...is getting rave reviews with its Irena exhibit.
Throughout the years in November, Irena experienced a great variety of emotion and experience.
1939: The German invasion was mostly complete, with scattered fighting all over Poland. Irena watched with horror with underground reports that German Operation Tannenberg in Bydgoszcz, Poland saw the invading troops executed 600-800
1940: The Warsaw Ghetto was established in October and November of this year. Irena would later say she had the greatest of fears for her Jewish friends. She had already started to organize her network and already started to hide some Jewish families.
1941: The Warsaw Ghetto was becoming a place of total horror. Starvation and disease was everywhere. The rescues had already started by Irena and her network.
1942: Most of the children and adults rescued by Irena and her network were rescued in the early summer of this year. Now the tremendous job of hiding them, moving them from home to home and making sure of their security in convents and orphanages, was of upmost importance.
1943: Irena was captured by the Gestapo in October and would spend a horrible November in Pawiak Prison.
1944: Irena was bribed out of prison and by November of this year, began to see light in the darkness. She was in hiding with Stefan (the Jewish man she would later marry), and the Allies were marching across Europe.
1945: The war was over and now 'the lists.'
The Life in a Jar family is so thankful for the support of everyone we meet on this journey. Throughout the years, it has been our goal to make Irena Sendler's story known to the world. We are closer to meeting that goal every day as we continue to spread her message or courage, hope and love. She was a great light in a dark time in history and continues to shine a light on goodness in the world. www.irenasendler.org
What a beautiful venue in San Antonio! The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio hosted our troupe last week-end. The museum makes a powerful statement about the Holocaust and is a must see in San Antonio. The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is doing an exceptional job with Holocaust Education.
It was powerful to share the auditorium with Holocaust survivors Rose, Susanna and Anna.