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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer is the biography of Irena Sendler who was instrumental in saving the lives of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Though her contribution was first suppressed by the Polish government, she was later on elevated to the status of a National Hero for her heroism and work during World War II. The author has captured the moments of life and death that existed during World War II and the Holocaust, which makes the book a disturbing yet compelling read. This true story depicts the goodness that existed in the minds of certain people even during the times of war and strife that took many lives. The book also conveys the message of tolerance and acceptance of other religions and creeds.
Jack Mayer introduces a hero to readers whose heroic deeds will warm their hearts. It is not often one gets to read about these kinds of human beings who put their lives at stake to save others. Her act of courage and love will touch many. The Irena Sendler/Life in a Jar Foundation promotes the legacy of this great woman and encourages everyone to follow her path of selfless service.
It is a book that I will recommend all teachers, educators, and students because it conveys the message of how one person can change the world around them with their love and service. A stunning book that touched me. It is a beautiful novel that everyone should read, both for its history and message.