Life in a Jar

To the editor: Gov. James Douglas has declared Friday Oct. 17 as Irena Sendler Day in Vermont to honor Irena Sendler, the Polish Catholic social worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto, whose story was surpressed in Poland. Gov. Douglas's proclamation is also meant to honor the Kansas teenagers who rescued Irena Sendler's story from oblivion with their play, Life in a Jar. Since 1999 they have performed this play in the U.S. and Poland and have raised Irena Sendler to a Polish national hero. They champion her philosophy of respect and tolerance for all people and the power of one person to make a difference in the world. The Kansas students, along with their teacher who inspired them, are coming to Vermont Oct. 16-19 to present Life in a Jar in Middlebury, Montpelier and Burlington. The Middlebury presentation is complemented by an art exhibit of Wladyslaw Brzosko's magnificent paintings and sketches of the Warsaw ghetto. Brzosko lived in Poland during the war and this exhibit is an eyewitness depiction of the ghetto. Jack Mayer, M.D., MPH Rainbow Pediatrics Middlebury

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