4/27/2014
14330 Travilah Road-Rockville, MD 20850
Life in a Jar will present a performance in Rockville, MD at Temple Beth Ami on this Sunday evening...
5/3/2014
St. Joseph Church at All Saints Parish-8th and Vermont-Kansas City, KS
There will be a Life in a Jar/Irena Sendler booth, Saturday, May 3rd, at Polski Days in Kansas City,...
5/16/2014
Jewett Hall Theater-campus of University of Maine Augusta - 46 University Dr.
Life in a Jar will perform in Augusta, Maine on this Friday evening. This will be our first performance...
5/17/2014
Falmouth High School-74 Woodville Rd.
Life in a Jar will perform in Portland, Maine on this Saturday evening. The sponsors consist of...
5/18/2014
Falmouth High School- 74 Woodville Rd.
Life in a Jar will perform in Portland, Maine on this Sunday afternoon. The sponsors consist of local...
9/21/2014
Waterville, KS
Life in a Jar will perform in the historic Waterville Opera House on this Sunday evening. This event...
10/16/2014
Brown Center Theater at Cowley County Community College - 125 S. 2nd, Arkansas City, Kansas
Life in a Jar will perform at Cowley County Community College on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The sponsors...
11/7/2014
TBA
Tentative East Coast performances of Life in a Jar.
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When and where did Irena pass away? Here are twenty six additional facts about Irena Sendler.
Irena passed away on May 12, 2008, in Warsaw, Poland. She was 98 years old.
Were many of the children re-united with their parents?
Sadly, the answer is no, the vast majority of the parents died at Treblinka.
What are the girls who founded the project doing now? How can we contact them?
All four girls are married and have graduated from college. Megan Stewart-Felt is working at the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, Kansas. The LMC is an educational foundation developing exciting history projects around the world, using unsung heroes to teach respect of all people. Sabrina Coon-Murphy saw the birth of her first child in April of 2008 and second child in August of 2009.
What ages were the children Irena saved?
The children were all ages, plus Irena and the Zegota network saved adults also.
Was Irena Jewish?
No, Irena was Roman Catholic, but many of her lifetime friends were Jewish.
Why wasn't the story of Irena Sendlerowa known?
After World War II the communists took over Poland and branded Irena (for her underground activity and the saving of Jews) a Fascist. When communism fell in Poland, Irena was elderly and the story had been suppressed many years. This is the major reason and there are other lesser answers to this complex question. Importantly, Yad Vashem recognized Irena in the 1960's.
When did Irena's story become more widely known?
In 2001, the Life in a Jar students, Mr. Conard, his wife, and several adults went to Poland, to meet Irena and interview many. The Polish Daily News, USAToday, CNN and others covered the story. Irena's name has increased one hundred fold on the Internet, and in writings around the world. The students continue performing Life in a Jar around the world, and continue working with press outlets to share the story of Irena Sendler.
How many times have the students performed 'Life in a Jar?' How may we get a presentation in our area?
As of October 1, 2009, the students have presented 290 times, in the U.S., Canada and Poland. Use the Contact Us pull-down on this web site to ask about presentations. Under Events/News you will find a 'Host a Presentation' which tells about some requirements for the presentations.
Where are the lists?
Irena gave the lists to Zegota officers shortly after the war. Copies were made, but connecting was very difficult, due to the small number of adult survivors in Poland. Adolph Berman, Director of the underground Zegota, took the lists to Israel. He passed away many years ago. A search is on for what might remain. The Life in a Jar students have about 650 names they have found. Irena continued trying to make contact with the children and did so in the late 1940's, even in the chaos that followed the war. The number of names in the jars was far less than the 2,500 children hidden.
What kind of activity are the students in the Irena Sendler Project involved with? Here is a brainstorming list by several students....
Activities include: research on Irena's story,
Which child, of those Irena saved, was she most in touch with?
Irena loved all the children she saved, but Elzbieta Ficowska helped with Irena's care for some time and was very close to her. Elzbieta was saved by the Zegota at 5 months of age. Her story can be seen under The Project pull-down and the Sendler Family section.
What impact has the Life in a Jar presentation had, in numbers?
The Life in a Jar cast has presented in twenty one states and three countries. The web site, in a period of six years, has had 1.7 million visitors and 29 million hits. The Life in a Jar study guide and DVD of the play has reached over 250,000 students in over 2,000 schools. Around 1,500 media stories have covered the project.
How many times have the Life in a Jar group visited Poland? What were Irena's last words to the group, on May 3, 2008?
The Life in a Jar group have taken six trips to Poland, with at least two visit with Irena each time. Her last words were to the Life in a Jar cast on "May 3, 2008 “You have changed Poland, you have changed the United States, you have changed the world (by bringing Irena’s story to light, Poland has seen great changes in Holocaust education, in the perception of the time and have provided a grand hero for their country and the world). I love you very, very much.”
What about the number of 2,500 children saved?
This number is from primary sources of the time, although some say the figure was closer to 2,000.

 

 

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