New records, facts and stories are constantly coming to light which provide fresh perspectives for Holocaust studies. Some of the new information comes from survivors while other data is ascertained by researchers. One particularly moving account of heroism during the Holocaust was uncovered by a group of Kansas high school students whose dedication to publicizing the unique story that they discovered led to the creation of a wide-ranging project, Life in a Jar, which developed into a book, a website and a performance which has been viewed by thousands of people throughout the world.
In 1939 Irena Sendler, a young Polish social worker, joined the Zegota, the Polish underground which was dedicated to helping Poland’s Jews escape from the Nazis. By 1942, with the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Zegota sent Sendler into the ghetto in the guise of a health inspector, to ascertain what could be done to save some of the Jews interned within the ghetto walls. Continue reading Irena Sendler the Hidden Holocaust Hero