Film screening at Elms College to honor Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler died in 2008.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Elms College and the Springfield Jewish Federation Sunday honored the memory of Irena Sendler. She was the Catholic social worker who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during the holocaust.

Hundreds attended the screening of the Film “In the Name of their Mothers” at Elms College. The documentary details Sendler’s humanitarian work. The College in Chicopee, along with the Kosciuszko foundation and the Jewish Federation, worked together to honor Irena Sendler’s memory.

Scott Hartblay, a professor at Elms College, told 22News, “Most people think about Schindler’s List and things like that. But her story’s been largely untold. And I think this is the way to get the word out.”

“We are committed to working together to as we say, to repair the world,” said Susan Goldman of the Springfield Jewish Federation.

An estimated 400 people attended the Elms College screening Sunday afternoon.

Irena Sendler died in 2008. She’s credited with saving the Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the WWII.

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