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ANNOUNCEMENT:BE WATCHING FOR NEW PERFORMANCES IN 2020
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.
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.
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.
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News of the Week 11/24/20
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.
News of the Week 9/23/20
September 23, 1999 – 21 years ago today
News of the Week 9/4/20
There is a new article in the Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities about Irena Sendler, the Kansas students, and their teacher, Norm Conard.
News of the Week 6/8/20
Irena Sendler believed in equality for all people. She stood up against the Nazis and resisted the persecution of Jewish people.
This week is the 12th anniversary of Irena Sendler’s passing. May 3, 2008 was the last time members of the Life in a Jar cast and crew was able to spend time with Irena in Warsaw before she passed away on May 12. As we continue to share her story through the performance, website, and the book Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project, we continue to spread her light and love for all people.
80 years ago the world was ablaze with WWII and the beginnings of the Holocaust. Germany was invading more of Europe this month, in May of 1940, the Battle of Britain would begin. Dunkirk was only days ahead. The world was suffering in a tremendous manner, and today in a different manner, the world is also suffering. We at Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project know that Irena, if alive today, would be worrying about the children, and all ages of people.
The 32nd Conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants in St. Louis has been postponed from 2020 to Fall 2021, there is a good possibility Life in a Jar will present to these survivors and their families. More information to come later.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Life in a Jar Foundation. A great number of people have made a difference and supported this life-changing journey over the last 20 years. Thank you.
We hope everyone is safe and staying healthy.
The Life in a Jar Family