Monday, May 12, 2008

Life In a Jar

Did you know about this woman? I didn't. Her name is Irena Sendlerowa and she died this morning in Poland at the age of 98. As I write about this, it's not that she and I shared the same religious affiliation and beliefs. I really don't want to get into that at all with this post, but I was captivated by her story when I read it this morning. Apparently, very few people knew about her accomplishments in Nazi Poland during World War II until 1999, when a high school teacher assigned her life as a project from which the students created a play called "Life In a Jar"based on their findings. Have any of you seen or heard of this play? Apparently it's been performed in many places in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. I notice that they just produced a DVD, which I'm thinking about ordering. If it seems like a worthwhile investment, I'll put it in my Amazon Listmania and do a post on my other blog.

Irena S. seems to have been a woman who had a spirit of courage and valor, similar to Corrie Ten Boom and Amy Carmichael, evangelical Christians who were loved by all of us. We can do little harm to let our daughters and granddaughters know that women like these existed, and hopefully still exist, in a world of hate, cruelty and evil. I hope it will spur them in the direction of the character qualities possessed by women such as these. Maybe the circumstances won't be as horrific as those known by Amy, Corrie, and Irena, but if they ever are going to be mothers and raise children to love Christ in the days that are coming, my take on it is that they will be rescuing children from evil. And they certainly need courage and valor for that.

11 comments:

Neesie said...

That is a very interesting story. I never heard of her either. What a great work she did!

Jodi said...

Thank you, Maxine. I'm glad I got to know of Irena through your post and links. Corrie Ten Boom made a huge impression on me when I was growing up. I think with the end of the Cold War, the atrocities surrounding WWII and Communism have become more and more "back page news" (does that make sense?). It is a mistake for a society to forget such things. Case in point - Al Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for holding a meeting about Global Warming over this lady that saved at least 2,500 children from an incinerator at great risk to her own life and eventual torture? *sigh* I cannot even comprehend the logic there.

Thank you for honoring Irena Sendlerowa.

Maxine said...

My goodness, Jodi, I'm glad you brought that up. I was thinking the same thing when I read that. I even had to ask my daughter, now what was that Al Gore Peace prize for? Oh yeah, we decided. It was that global warming thing. You are so right. There's something wrong with that. Unfortunately, that where we are.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Courage and valor is definately qualties needed by mothers! Thanks for posting about this :)

Mimi said...

Maxine,
this was a very meaningful post, I appreciate reading about Irena and the risks she took to save the thousands of children...we need more people willing to give of themselves for others...

Mishel said...

Thanks for sharing about Irena--I had never heard of her. Let us know if you get the movie and what you think of it.

Blessings!

I.I. said...

I heard this yesterday -- what a doozy of a story, and an inspiration. Sounds like a potential future saint to me.

sparrow's song said...

WoW, I had never heard of this amazing woman either until you mentioned her. She was undoubtedly a tool in the hand of God to protect and preserve the Jewish people. I applaud her!!

Carol said...

Hi, Maxine, thankyou for sharing this story about this truly wonderful woman..It gave me such a warm feeling to hear about her....

Thankyou also for your visit. I also have another blog up and running now you can reach it via my musings..called Carol's Captures. It is basically photos of Australia.

There is a woman here in Sydney who has a blog she is 108 apparently the oldest blogger. she is a real character this is her link..http://www.allaboutolive.com.au

Beverly said...

I so appreciated reading this!! I love this blog, not only for the things you write, but for the insightful comments of your friends as well!!

Maxine said...

Just a note: I just read at Wikipedia that the Hallmark Hall of Fame is doing a movie based on the book about Irena's life. I think I'll wait for that. Don't know how long it will take, but I definitely want it and it will definitely be in my dvd library.