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DATE: June 11, 2003

Program tells history of Holocaust heroine

DEARBORN---The story of Irena Sendler, a Holocaust heroine who saved 2,500 children in the Warsaw Ghetto, will be presented by students from the Kansas-based Irena Sendler Project at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23 in the School of Management auditorium.

The program is free and open to the public.

The presentation, called "Life in a Jar," was inspired by a class project about Sendler, a non-Jewish social worker who talked Jewish parents and grandparents into giving her their children. She then adopted them into the homes of Polish families, making lists of the children's real names which she put into jars and buried in her garden, allowing her to dig up the jars later and find the children to tell them of their real identify.

The students of the Irena Sendler Project bring a jar to each performance to collect money for Sendler, who is still alive and living in Warsaw, Poland.

The Kansas students will visit the Voice/Vision: Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, a collection of oral testimonies of those who survived the Holocaust, in the Mardigian Library prior to their performance, according to history Prof. Sid Bolkosky.
The Detroit segment of the tour is being arranged by Rene Lichtman and coordinated by the Holocaust Education Coalition.

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