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Exhibition: Irena Sendler 1910 – 2008

January 24 - February 2

Free

To mark the tenth anniversary of her death, 2018 has been officially designated “The Year of Irena Sendler,” and Learning from the Righteous is working in partnership with other agencies to make as many people as possible aware of her remarkable story.

Until the end of 2018, the central theme of our teacher training, workshops and other events will be the acts of rescue carried out by social worker Irena Sendler and the underground network of nurses and social workers she co-ordinated.

The year will see the introduction of our new multi-panel “Irena Sendler Travelling Exhibitions”. These will be on display at our events, schools, conferences and at other venues throughout the country.

Irena Sendler is credited with having saved the lives of some 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War.

She was a Polish Social Worker in Warsaw during World War Two and is an iconic figure of righteousness and resistance who coordinated a network of rescuers that enabled many hundreds of Jewish children to escape the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto.

In recognition of this, Yad Vashem has named her as one of The Righteous Among the Nations. Her “tree of righteousness” stands alone at the entrance to Yad Vashem’s Garden of Remembrance, reflecting the esteem in which she is held by the Jewish community. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Throughout 2018 we will be running

  • specific “Sendler Network” workshop programmes in schools throughout the United Kingdom
  • stimulating two-session programmes of study in partnership with the National Holocaust Centre in Nottingham, each of which will include the testimony of a Holocaust survivor.

At the conclusion of each workshop, the schools will be required to dedicate a tree in Irena Sendler’s honour. Our aim is to encourage the planting of 2,500 “trees of righteousness” by the end of 2018. Each tree will represent one of the 2,500 children saved by the “Sendler Network “.

All the work produced by during the “Sendler Network” workshops will be collated and published at the end of the year in the “2018 Learning from the Righteous Anthology”.

THE IRENA SENDLER GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

Learning from the Righteous is establishing an Irena Sendler Garden of Remembrance in the grounds of the National Holocaust Centre. The garden will be dedicated on Sunday 13th May 2018 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of her death. This special event will be attended by invited guests and VIPs from different religious and cultural backgrounds and will include the Irena Sendler Travelling Exhibition as well as presentations from children who have participated in our workshops.