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.)
Life in a Jar Foundation
The Irena Sendler Project
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701