Irena Sendler Screening Loop


In the Name of Their Mothers:

The Irena Sendler Story

When: Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM

Where: Harold Washington Library Center

Co-Sponsors: Chicago’s International Women Associates is co-sponsoring for this important event.  Members of the Film Discussion Group & the Polish Group have been especially helpful in finalizing all plans & arrangements.  Welcome IWA!

 Description: A Polish Catholic social worker, Irena Sendler was 29 year old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. Working with a trusted group of mostly female colleagues, she managed to rescue approximately 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, many of whom survived the war and some of whom were even reunited with family members after the war because of Irena’s meticulous record-keeping. On October 19, 1965, Yad Vashem recognized Irena Sendler as Righteous Among the Nations.

NOTE: This is the first Chicago screening of Mary Skinner’s newly completed documentary.  This is NOT the film Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project (about the kids from Kansas).

Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Michael Traison: A widely recognized expert in helping businesses solve their commercial problems, Michael H. Traison represents clients with interests throughout the world, with special focus on Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, & elsewhere in Eastern Europe.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Michael was a public school teacher for 15 years in Detroit, Michigan and in Essex County, Ontario.  His numerous civic, cultural, & social activities include: Chicago Jewish Federation, Israel/Poland Chamber of Commerce & North American/Israel Chambers of Commerce, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Polish American Jewish American Council, & Jewish Wysokie Mazowieckie.  His numerous awards & honors include: the Polish-American Heritage Award (Polish-American Heritage Council, 2003), & the International Humanitarian Award (Jerusalem Peace Dinner, 2008).

From Michael (in his own words): “During the last five years of Irena Sendler’s life, I had the tradition of visiting her on Shabbat afternoons in the convalescent home where she lived.  I often took with me one or two others, usually young Polish students, who could touch the face of history.  I feel that Irena lives on in these people, and I am glad I had the good fortune to facilitate the meetings which probably involved several dozen people over the years.”

Click HERE to read Michael’s article “Special occasion: Chicagoan at groundbreaking for Museum of Polish Jews” posted online by the Chicago Jewish News. 

Click HERE for photo of Jan Lisa Huttner (Chicago YIVO’s eMaven & documentary film series coodinator) with director Mary Skinner when she came to Chicago to show rough cut in 2009.

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