The Life in a Jar Foundation reaches out with Holocaust education in the United States and around the world.

Irena Sendler

The great rescuer of the Warsaw Ghetto


Bestseller! 'Life in a Jar' by Jack Mayer

The inspirational story of Irena Sendler, who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler’s own words, “tried to talk the mothers out of their children.” It is also the story of the students from Kansas who rediscovered her, each carrying their own painful burden and each called in their own complex way to spread the history of Irena Sendler.

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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Hallmark Hall of Fame award winning DVD featuring Anna Paquin as Irena Sendler is now available to order. The DVD is a great secondary addition to reading the “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” book by Jack Mayer.

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A photo of Irena Sendler. This photo was taken in 2007.

Irena Sendlerowa

For additional information, tributes & contact information, please visit our memorial page.

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Meet Irena

Irena Sendlerowa was a Polish woman who, along with her underground network, rescued 2,500 Jewish children in Poland during World War II. Many of this number were already outside of the Ghetto and in hiding.

Irena's Parents

Irena's Parents

Irena’s father was a doctor. Her father died in the typhus epidemic of 1917 when he contracted the disease while caring for poor Jewish people in Otwock. Browse our photo gallery for a photo and information on Irena’s mother and father.


“Protestant students from rural Kansas discovered a Polish Catholic woman who rescued Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. It’s a story for all people.” – USA Today
New Irena Sendler exhibit in Fort Scott, KS at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.

The #1 Irena Sendler exhibit in the world!

Located at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, KS. Contact to schedule a tour!