The unsung Holocaust heroine who saved thousands

During WWII, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social workers, organized a rescue network to save 2,500 Jewish children from death. Sendler was unknown until three high school girls from a poor town in Kansas stumbled upon the story and wrote a historical play about her for National History Day that they called Life in Jar. Their play was performed around the world and finally in Poland, where the forgotten Irena Sendler, in her 90s, was hailed as a national hero. Dr. Jack Mayer, a Middlebury pediatrician, wrote a book about this remarkable story and met Sendler before she died. He tells the story of the Holocaust heroine. More info can be found at

Dr. Jack Mayer, pediatrician and author, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

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