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LIAJ News of the Week 4/15/22

It was 80 years ago, in the spring of 1942, when Irena and her network of 25 helpers began the heroic rescue of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Risking their own lives, Irena and the other volunteers worked tirelessly and courageously to smuggle the children out of the ghetto to safety. Her goal to “save them from drowning” in the horror and tragedy of imprisonment and possible death was prompted by her father’s dying words to her, “If you see someone drowning, you must jump in to save them, whether you can swim or not.”

May those words prompt us to follow Irena’s example and be shining lights of good in our world, overshadowing any darkness that arises.
 

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 3/22/22

The events in Ukraine look similar to 80 years ago. In 1942 the great deportation of the Warsaw Ghetto began, plus the many rescues by the Sendler network.

We remember the words of Irena Sendler. She once told us the events of WWII would occur again and again in history since evil people would continue to exist. She also encouraged all to continue to stand up for what is right.

If Irena were alive today, I think she would be organizing along the Polish border for the refugees. Organization was one of her great skills, according to descendants of her network.  She also had a great love for children.

The events in the Ghetto in 1942 were horrific in every way. We can’t compare historical events. We can only despise evil actions and continue to Tikkun Olam (repair the world). 

Our friend and Polish recipient of the Irena Sendler Teaching Award, Marzanna Pogorzelska, recently shared the following:
“We have been experiencing a horrible time – the war in the Ukraine reminds us of the times we thought would never come back. Polish society is now one big network of support for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. In this network, there are thousands of organizations and people, but I think of that one person with her network of support who is missing now and here. I can only imagine her, Irena Sendler, these days – finding safe places for Ukrainian mothers, organizing cars to take them from the border to somebody’s house, collecting food for small babies, making sure the sick ones get necessary medicine, and many, many other things. I also imagine her determination and anger, which she could always change into true care and support in her own, incredible way.”

The Irena Sendler exhibit at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes draws visitors from all over North America and around the world. Norm, Megan, and the staff at the museum continue to present to hundreds of people.
(There is no charge for visitors.)

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 2/21/22

Irena Sendler was born 112 years ago, on February 15th. We remember this incredible woman with great admiration. We were with her about a week before her passing in 2008. She continued to speak about the brave Jewish people of the Warsaw Ghetto and the ‘righteous gentiles’ who helped save many.

Norman Conard
Director
620.223.1312

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

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

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.

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