Play tells the tale of unsung Holocaust heroine

    TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - From humble and unlikely beginnings, a play
chronicling the deeds of Polish Holocaust heroine Irena Sendlar has become a
sensation, plucking her from obscurity to international renown.
    The play, "Life in a Jar", will be performed at the Al Green Theatre,
Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue in Toronto, Thursday, March 27, 2008, at
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. It is a joint
presentation of the Miles Nadal JCC and the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation
of Canada.
    Irena rescued 2,500 Polish Jewish children during the Holocaust, writing
their identities on scraps of paper buried in glass jars, with the hope of
reuniting the children with their parents - or at least their true identities
- after World War II. She risked her life and underwent torture by the Gestapo
for her brave work.
    But her story was unknown until 1999, when four teenaged girls in Kansas
stumbled across it in their search for a high school history project. There
were no Jewish or Polish students in their school, and they had little
knowledge of the Holocaust. Inspired by Irena's heroics, the girls created and
performed the play, "Life in a Jar," about her experiences.
    Soon the play took on a life of its own, and was performed around Kansas,
then around the U.S. The girls appeared on CNN, the Today Show, and were
featured in numerous other national and international media. Eventually the
girls took the play to Poland, where they met Irena in Warsaw, where she still
lives at 98 years of age.

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For further information: Harriet Wichin, at (416) 924-6211 x 133, or Peter Jassem, at (416) 882-1572,

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