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LIAJ News of the Week 10/20/21

LIAJ News of the Week 10/20/21

On October 20, 1943, the Nazis arrested Irena Sendler and sent her to be interrogated and tortured at a holding cell. Then she was sent to Pawiak Prison. There they tortured her, trying to get her to reveal the names of her associates. She refused and was sentenced to death. However, the underground Zegota bribed a prison guard, and Sendler escaped in February 1944 before she was executed.

Irena remained in hiding for the rest of the war. When the Gestapo realized she had escaped, they made handbills for all of Warsaw but did not capture her.She continued to work in the rescue effort for the rest of the war. The Warsaw Ghetto was destroyed in 1943, but hundreds of children were hiding in the Warsaw area until 1945.**note: The Sendler network also rescued a number of adults from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Irena wrote down the names of her co-conspirators and gave the list to us. We have the list in the museum on a display, it is the only such list in existence.

Few had heard of Irena Sendlerowa in 1999. Now, after 375 presentations of Life in a Jar, a website with huge usage and worldwide media attention, a motion picture, and award-winning book “Life in a Jar, The Irena Sendler Project,” Irena is known to the world.

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

Life in a Jar Foundation
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
conardnorm@gmail.com

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

LIAJ News of the Week 9/23/21

LIAJ News of the Week 9/23/21

 

It has been 22 years since Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project started. 

Students at a small rural Kansas High School began a project for the National History Day program on September 23, 1999.

After 22 years, the story continues to have a powerful effect on the world.

Almost daily we have a request to share the story in person, Zoom, or at the Lowell Milken Center.

The acting troupe has performed over 375 times around the world, although Covid has shut down performances the past two years.

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

Life in a Jar Foundation 
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
conardnorm@gmail.com

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

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LIAJ News of the Week 9/1/21

LIAJ News of the Week 9/1/21

Between 1939 and 1942, Irena, along with friends and colleagues, made over 3,000 false documents to help hundreds of Jewish families escape the ghetto, saving many lives.

She then joined the underground Polish organization, Zegota, in December 1942 and ran its children’s division. Using her Social Welfare Department permit, Irena, disguised as a nurse, entered the Warsaw Ghetto under the guise of checking for signs of typhus, which the Nazis feared would spread beyond the ghetto walls. Wearing a Star of David to show her solidarity, Irena began talking Jewish parents into giving up their children, who faced near-sure fates of dying in the ghetto or death camps. The parents had a devastatingly heartbreaking choice to make, and Irena, risking her own life, could afford them no assurances—only a chance their children otherwise would not have. 

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

Life in a Jar Foundation 
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
conardnorm@gmail.com

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

LIAJ News of the Week: 6/17/21

Today, Norm and Megan were interviewed by Carlos with the European Parliament podcast.  The interview should air in October. We will share the link when it is available.

The Irena Sendler exhibit at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, KS, has a life-size photo of Irena. Children and adults compare their height to her petite frame daily. Children light up when they hear they can compare their size to a real hero.

These young ladies were visiting the exhibits and were excited to learn about Irena and how she buried jars under her friend’s apple tree.

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

Life in a Jar Foundation 
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
conardnorm@gmail.com

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

News of the Week 05/14/2021

May 12, 2008 – Irena Sendler passed away, but her legacy continues worldwide.

Thirteen years have passed, yet her courage and valor still set an example for people everywhere. This story of the power of one person to change the world is more important than ever before. We pause to remember Irena Sendler today.

History passes, and we remember the Holocaust with sadness, but there is joy as we honor heroism, bravery, kindness, and compassion.

May 12th is also the birthday of Megan Felt, of the Life in a Jar, Irena Sendler Project. Her relationship with Irena was powerful, tender, and compassionate. Megan has spent the majority of her life telling the story of Irena. She is anxious for the pandemic to end, for many reasons, to continue Life in a Jar performances. The play has been presented over 375 times in the last 22 years.

Come and see our wonderful Irena Sendler exhibit at the Center. Let us know ahead of time so that we can give you the VIP treatment.

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

Life in a Jar Foundation 
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
conardnorm@gmail.com

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

News of the Week 04/06/21

This year will mark the 22nd year for Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project. 

A special recognition:  From the day we first arrived in Poland to meet with Irena through recent journeys, Rabbi Michael Schudrich has always been a tremendous help with knowledge and understanding. We are thankful for his friendship. Congratulations on 30 years in Poland making a difference. He has been the Chief Rabbi of Poland since 2004. 

If you plan on visiting Warsaw in the future, you must visit the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. It is a powerful museum.
The 2021 Kansas Holocaust Commemoration is titled: 76 Years After Auschwitz: Stand Together. The commemoration is an online event on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  The Keynote Address is given by Norm Conard and Megan Stewart Felt. A Holocaust proclamation will be presented by Governor Laura Kelly. Recognition of Holocaust survivors, their children, WWII veterans and special music will be included. You can view the Commemoration at that time with the link:  https://mchekc.org/kansas-holocaust-commemoration/

News of the Week 02/25/21

On February 15, 1910, Irena Sendler was born in Warsaw, Poland. She spent much of her childhood in Otwock, Poland, just outside of Warsaw. Her father operated a sanatorium in this small town. Irena would move back to Warsaw as a young woman, graduate from the University of Warsaw and join the Social Welfare Department in the city. It was from this department she drew her co-rescuers for one of the great heroic rescues of the 20th century. Irena would have been 111 this month. She passed on May 12, 2008. Her life was a light in the darkness during World War II. Her life is still a light in the world.

Have you read the Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project book by Jack Mayer or have you thought about giving it to a friend? 
 
Have you been looking for a children’s book about Irena Sendler?
 
Visit www.irenasendler.org for information about Irena Sendler.

News of the Week 01/27/21

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As we commemorate the end of the Holocaust during World War II, we continue to be inspired by Irena’s passion to stand up for those being persecuted around her. We must “never forget.”

 

There were several doctors in Otwock during the trying days of World War I. By the time the typhus epidemic hit the town, they had all left except for Stanislaw Krzyzanowski. He stayed, working with the poor and caring for them, until he caught typhus. Dr. Krzyzanowski died before the beginning of 1918. He had lived a life of sacrifice and a life of service. He left behind a wife and seven-year-old daughter, Irena. He also left behind lessons that would alter and change the course of lives. His high-minded values and morals communicated a lasting example of how the world should be.

 

“If you see someone drowning, you must jump in to save them, whether you can swim or not.”  — Dr. Stanislaw Krzyzanowski, Irena Sendler’s father

 

Irena would live every day of her life trying to save those who were drowning around her.

 

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

 

Life in a Jar Foundation 
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
nconard@terraworld.net

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

News of the week 11/24/20

News of the Week 11/24/20
***UPDATE*** Please update your address book with Norm Conard’s new email: conardnorm@gmail.com and approve to receive emails. We do not want you to miss out on Life in a Jar updates due to spam filters.  The terraworld.net email will no longer be in use.
Thank you!
 
 
 

Renata Zajdman was a very special part of the Life in a Jar family and very close to Irena Sendler. Her birthday and the 7 year anniversary of her passing was in November. We remember this remarkable woman with hope and love.

 

Renata was saved from the Warsaw Ghetto at age 14 by the underground network connected with Irena. She spent her life sharing her experiences and advocating “never again” as her mission. She traveled to Kansas on a number of occasions and went to many Life in a Jar performances with us, giving testimony and sharing her experiences. She was an active member of both the Hidden Children organization and the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. 
 
We thank Renata’s children, Michael and Sharon, for sharing their mother with the Life in a Jar family.
 
LOST AND FOUND -the hidden children
By Renata Skotnicka-Zajdman
(Extract)
 
HIDE -AND-SEEK WAS REALITY, NOT A GAME.
For most part we have lived in hunger. Under constant terror of discovery. We were witnesses to evil, and bestiality. We were witnesses to wholesale murder and the imminence of our own death was pervasive. We had to grow up overnight and assume the adult responsibilities of caring for ourselves. We were old, before we were young. 
For almost three years, protected by Christian Poles, I lived under an assumed name, pretending to be Catholic. How well one could socially blend into the new environment also made a difference. Some would go into hiding, some would pass as Christians, but most had to change from hiding to passing and back again. Those who obtained new documents had to learn many new facts to support their new identities, dates, places regarding not only themselves, but also their fictitious relatives. Inconsistency could arouse suspicion, one slip could mean disaster.  I had to learn many survival strategies to cope with fears, imminence of death, starvation, illness and loneliness. Becoming well acquainted with one’s new identity was only a small part of what a “passing” child had to do. Familiarity with Catholic religion was another important pre-requisite for the new life. 
Often those suspected of being Jewish were subjected to rigorous cross-examination. Boys were in a special jeopardy, because in Europe only Jewish males were circumcised at birth. A casual examination could easily reveal a male `s identity. For this reason alone, passing was more dangerous for Jewish boys than girls.
Giving up our identity meant playing a part, becoming someone else. The better we played the role, the safer we were. Sometimes we were so caught up in the new part that we actually forgot, who we really were. This temporary forgetfulness was emotionally costly. Giving up our identity created an emotional void and made us anxious, worried that we would never recapture our past. We also felt ashamed for giving up what was cherished by our parents, by those we loved. We had to listen to anti-Semitic remarks and be silent. Breaking the silence could mean death. Silence became deeply ingrained. 
For a hiding child the liberation did not bring immediate relief. We still harbour many irrational fears: crossing borders, a man in uniform, a sound of a doorbell, or a plane overhead, or being caught without food. Each of these may provoke a flashback and palpitations.
As young people, most of us had no time to devote to self-healing, or even self-pity. We studied, worked, and had families, build our lives. Only now, in our maturity, with old memories stirring once again rather than receding further, have are learning the art of self-restitution of nurturing ourselves. We finally have the luxury of tears. Whatever we did to cope with old baggage that dragged us down, with pain that dulled but never healed, with unspent rage and nagging. Survivor guilt we did it well. We are poets and artists and philosophers and teachers and parents and people who worked hard in honest labour of every kind. We have strived to be menchen. The decent and productive individuals of whom our parents and grandparents would have been proud. And by and large, we succeeded.

 

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

Life in a Jar Foundation 
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
conardnorm@gmail.com

www.irenasendler.org
http://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerproject
https://www.facebook.com/irenasendlerbook

News of the Week 9/23/20

News of the Week 9/23/20

September 23, 1999 – 21 years ago today

A clipping was found in Norm Conard’s classroom by some of his students. That News and World Report article from 1994, entitled “Other Schindlers,” featured several rescuers’ stories from the Holocaust. One of the paragraphs stated, “POLAND: IRENA SENDLER, SOCIAL WORKER:  She gave nearly 2,500 children new identities, and buried their real names for safekeeping.” 
 
After reading that sentence, the students had a desire to learn more. Irena Sendler and her collaborators risked their lives to do the right thing and make a difference. Her dedication to making the world a better place inspired the  students and their teacher. 
 
Twenty-one years later the students’ play, “Life in a Jar” has been performed more than 375 times around the world, the irenasendler.org website has received millions of hits, more than 50 schools around the world have been named after Irena Sendler, thousands of student projects sharing Irena’s story have been completed, and over 3,000 news articles featuring Irena Sendler and the project have been published globally.
 
Irena Sendler’s story continues to make a difference.
 
You can learn more about Irena, the students, and their teacher by reading “Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project.”
 
Tikkun Olam!

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