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Florida Presentations

Life in a Jar presented in Florida last weekend. Sandra Lilienthal and Stephanie Greenberg directed a powerful venue. We thank all of those who helped make this visit possible, the Custage family, the Karlen family, Rabbi Lilienthal, Sandra and Stephanie’s daughters, Hillel Day School and Donna Klein Middle School of Boca Raton, and many, many more. Departing was like saying good-bye to family.

Hallmark’s The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Hallmark Hall of Fame has finished filming The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a movie on the war experiences of Irena Sendler. Golden Globe winner, Anna Paquin, plays the role of Irena Sendler. Irena’s story came to light almost a decade ago, when the Life in a Jar project students traveled to Poland and the world’s press took notice. The Life in a Jar play and web site continues to tell her story. The Hallmark program will air on CBS this April 19th.

Internet Sites on Irena

The Irena Sendler Project warns of misinformation about Irena on Internet web sites.

The students in the project have done over 100 primary interviews, including ten visits with Irena. They have collected 4,000 pages of research, much of the research being primary. With that said, some web sites, most notable,, have incorrect information. Snopes lists Irena as ‘Iliana,’ as being German, and that she was a plumbing and sewer specialist. Attempts to correct this information have been ignored. Other sites have corrected information. Irena told us on a visit that she went over our site with a translator and the students need to be applauded for their work.

Vermont and Misc

The Vermont Life in a Jar presentations were beautiful. Thanks to Jack Mayer, his wife Chip, and our many, many hosts, for the gracious time.

Project began in 1999

The Life in a Jar/Irena Sendler Project began on September 23, 1999. We are beginning the tenth year of the project. Over thirty present and former students have been involved with the many aspects of sharing Irena Sendler’s legacy with the world.

Irena Sendler Passes Away

Irena Sendler passed away on Monday May 12th, 2008 at 8:00 am CEST in Warsaw, Poland.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, she lived most of her young life in Otwock. Irena Sendlerowa led the rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and those hiding in the Warsaw area, during the Holocaust in World War II. She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her legacy of repairing the world continues, as good continues to triumph over evil. Irena Sendlerowa was 98 years old.

The Life in a Jar students, who brought worldwide attention to her story, continue to share her legacy and the play (Life in a Jar) to people all over the world.

Irena Sendler Award and Warsaw Visit

What a powerful journey. The Life in a Jar cast helped present the Irena Sendler Award at the Palace of Foreign Ministry, in Warsaw, Poland last week. This honor goes to a teacher in the U.S. and Poland, who best represents Holocaust education in the spirit of Irena Sendler. The ceremony featured American recipient, Drew Beiter, and Polish recipient, Anna Kloza, plus the Polish semi-finalists. What powerful messages they shared. Also, several cabinet members attended, many dignitaries, and a reception was held afterwards at the home of the American Ambassador. Great changes are being brought about by those involved with Holocaust education in Poland.

Nobel and Ninth Year

Life in a Jar congratulates the recipients (Al Gore and the United Nations Council on Climate Change) of the Nobel Peace Prize and salute Irena Sendler for her continued impact on the world.

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