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During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler's rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people.

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more. It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler's own words, "tried to talk the mothers out of their children".

©2011 Jack Mayer (P)2015 Tantor

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"A gripping real-life tale of extraordinary courage that had an enduring impact." (Kirkus)

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Love of neighbor

One of the most moving accounts of the Holocaust I have ever read and I have read hundreds of books about survivors of the Holocaust. This books is an inspiration of what one person who steps up can do to save the world. Don't ever say, "I am just one person, what can I do".

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  • ESB
  • VA, United States
  • 10-29-16

Fantastic Book

This is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read...and I have read a lot. I recommend this to everyone. This is one of my top ten books. Lawlor is likely the best narrator I have listened to. His ability to accurately use tones, accents, and speak in a manner of the subject is impressive...have not heard anyone match him. Makes a good book better.

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must read, some parts drag on but worth it

too many details on project girls. voice inflections can be anoyning but still a must read

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  • Tammy
  • Borger, TX, United States
  • 11-20-15

Do not waste a credit on this book

Would you try another book from Jack Mayer and/or Patrick Lawlor?

Narrator Patrick Lawlor, will NOT be a narrator I will ever listen to again. I believe he destroyed the story.I requested this book several times before Audible finally made it available. I wish I had just read the book. The narrator PATRICK LAWLOR, completely ruined this very important book. The subject matter, The Holocaust, deserved a better narrator. Patrick Lawlor read as if it were Rod Sterling reading the Periodic Table. I had to stop listening on many occasions, because his voice was so boring, or when trying to read as a female, he sounded completely ridiculous. I don't understand why, after writing and researching such a tremendous subject, the author would allow his work to be so overshadowed by such horrible narration. Sentences were often run together, and read so fast, all emotion was lost. This subject matter was too crucial to this story to allow such a horrible reader. I truly believe I would have been drawn into the story had it been read with more feeling, so I urge any listener to purchase the book and read it yourself.

What other book might you compare Life in a Jar to and why?

Schindler's List

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He completely lost the emotion, and suffering written about in this book. He could not read the voices, which were mostly women, completely distracting from the story line.

Do you think Life in a Jar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, any further research can be done individually.

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A horrific story of the Holocaust and one womans struggle to save Jewish children .This story deserves, and needs to be told, however, as I have written, not by this poor narrator.

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editor needed for great story

great story, but serious editing needed - to make sure you get to the end, listen at 1.5 speed

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Worthwhile listening

This book is important. Today when fear and terrorism are taking up so much time and energy in the world the message of this book is timely. One person can make a difference. Working with a group the world can be changed.

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  • Beata
  • 09-20-17

the need of a heart

Amazing story about extraordinary brave woman and the need of her heart. I strongly recommend it.

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  • miss lj lawley
  • 11-20-15

Life in a Jar - The Irena Sendler story is as I thought it would be an amazingly touching story of many brave people during WWII

A moving story brought about by a history project in Kansas USA. The second part of the story takes you through day to day life of occupied Poland and the daily struggles of the people of Warsaw in particular the segregated Jewish community in the infamous Warsaw Ghetto. I will share this book and its facts with my children so future generations learn from the mistakes made during this awful time. A book about human courage and the need for tolerance. The world needs more people like Irena Sendler.