BCCC Hosts Life in a Jar Book and Panel Discussion on April 16

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 10:00 PM

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The story of Irena Sendler
Last updated: Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 9:48 PM

Jack Mayer, author of the book about Irena Sendler, who saved hundreds of Jewish children during WWII will be joined by local panelists to discuss what it means to resist, rescue, and build community in times of war and conflict.

Bucks County Community College invites the public to a book and panel discussion about Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Zlock Performing Arts Center on the Newtown Campus (275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa. 18940). The book, written by Jack Mayer, tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto.

As part of a secret World War II organization called ┼╗egota, Irena Sendler (1910–2008) rescued several hundred Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto — providing false identities and hiding places in orphanages, convents, and private homes. Mayer’s book weaves Sendler’s story with that of the Kansas students who helped tell it to the world.

In addition to author Jack Mayer, the panel will feature:

  • Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy of Kol Emet, Yardley;
  • Barbara Simmons, Adjunct Professor, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Arcadia University, and Executive Board of NAACP, Bucks County Chapter; and
  • Nancy Isserman, Co-Director, Transcending Trauma Project, Director, Operation Home and Healing, Council for Relationships and Faculty, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Gratz College.

Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit the Zlock Performing Arts Center to reserve your spot today.

To learn more about the History of the Holocaust course or the April 16 panel discussion, contact the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at or 215-968-8270.

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