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

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