The Talmud in Sanhedrin says that someone who saves one life is like someone who saved an entire universe. If this is true, then Irena Sendler saved nearly 3,000 universes.
Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been in the forefront of identifying and honoring Righteous Gentiles saved Jews during WWII. Many of these individuals hid Jews in their homes or organized hiding places that allowed Jews to escape the Nazi dragnet. Stories like those of Oskar Schindler (of Schindler’s List fame) and Raoul Wallenberg are well known. Others, no less amazing, are only now beginning to come to light.
One such story involved a Polish woman who saved about 3,000 Jews. Although Yad Vashem honored her in 1965, her story was almost forgotten until a group of Uniontown, Kansas students began to investigate the story. Their research resulted in a wide-ranging project that they called Life in a Jar. Their dedication and persistence, including funding from the Jewish-run Lowell Milken Family Foundation, have resulted in a book, website, and nationwide performance which ensure that an important historical event will never be forgotten.
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