New Irena Sendler Doc

From Aug ’10 Spotlight:

Special Summer Screenings Continue

The Chicago YIVO Society will present two screenings of the new documentary In the Name of Their Mothers: The Irena Sendler Story as part of their 2010 Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture. Sendler was a Polish social worker who helped rescue over 2,000 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Even more remarkable, she kept detailed records, which enabled her to reunite families after WWII. In 1965, she was named “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem. Filmmaker Mary Skinner taped extensive interviews with Sendler before she died in 2008 at the age of 98.

Screenings are at 12:15 pm on August 25 at Skokie Public Library and at 6:30 pm on August 25 at Harold Washington Library Center, on State and Congress in Chicago. I will conduct a Q&A session after the Skokie screening. Chicago attorney Michael Traison, who knew Sendler personally, will conduct a Q&A session after the Loop screening (co-sponsored by International Women Associates). Both screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Four Seasons Lodge will screen three times at the Gene Siskel Film Center…  Finally, Todd Solondz’ new film Life During Wartime opens August 6 at the Music Box Theatre…


Tags: Chicago YIVO Society, In the Name of Their Mothers: The Irena Sendler Story, Irena Sendler, Mary Skinner, Michael Traison, Yad Vashem
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  1. What a story of bravery acts .

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