(WICHITA, Kan.) — It began as a school project in rural Kansas. What followed was worldwide acclaim and attention to a story more than half a century old.
In 1999, three high school students wrote the play about a Catholic social worker named Irena Sendler. It was titled Life in a Jar.
During World War II, Sendler received permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto. She used her position to convince thousands of parents to entrust her with their children.
With the help of others, she saved the lives of 2,500 children. Some were smuggled out in coffins, others in potatos sacks or under the floorboards of trucks.
Many of the rescued children were adopted. Others were placed in convents or orphanages.