Irena Sendler Screening Skokie


In the Name of Their Mothers:

The Irena Sendler Story

When: Wednesday, August 25 at 12:15 PM

Where: Skokie Public Library

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).

Runtime for this film is 58 minutes.  No formal Q&A session has been planned, but Jan Lisa Huttner (Chicago YIVO’s documentary film series coodinator) will be available for questions after the screening.  Click HERE for photo of Jan with director Mary Skinner when she came to Chicago to show rough cut in 2009.

2 Responses to “Irena Sendler Screening Skokie”

  1. Donna Dean Says:

    I am interested in purchasing the DVD along with a donation.

  2. jlhyivo Says:

    “Donation” That’s great, Donna! I’m sure filmmaker Mary Skinner will be delighted to hear from you:

    As for DVDs, I’m not sure when they will be available, but as soon as I know, I will post an update here on the Chicago YIVO Blog.

    Zay gezunt!

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