A mural dedicated to Irena Sendler to be unveiled in Rzeszów

Redakcja / Editorial staff / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 3rd September 2018
As part of the current “Year of Irena Sendler”, a mural honouring this Righteous lady will be unveiled on 7th September in Rzeszów. Among those who will participate in the ceremony will be Children's Ombudsman Marek Michalak, Irena Sendler's daughter Janina Zgrzembska and Szymon Płóciennik who, several years ago, as a teenager, applied to have Irena Sendler honoured with the Order of the Smile. The mural was created at the initiative of the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II.

The mural can be viewed on the wall of the tenement building at 18a Kopernika Street in Rzeszów. Over the past months,there have been other initiatives of the Museum of Poles Saving Jews, connected with the tenth anniversary of the passing of Irena Sendler. To date, bags and badges containing her image have been handed out in the market square, together with folders containing her biography. The Museum in Markowa was the venue for a screening of the film “Historia Ireny Sendlerowej” (The Story of Irena Sendler), and a meeting with the film's director, Andrzej Wolf.

According to the Museum:

Deciding on a mural as the form of commemoration comes from the Museum's conviction that it is necessary to talk, in a multi-facted manner, about history and its heroes, utilising diverse forms of communication aimed at the widest possible audience. Its message, which is not limited to the Museum itself, goes beyond it, each time adapting the means of expression to the place and the circumstance.

The creator of the mural is Mateusz Kołek, a well-known muralist and illustrator from Kraków. His work is regularly published in national and international magazines. This mural was made possible by Kamil Kuzko, a well-known Rzeszów resident and creator of a mural dedicated to Fred Zinnemann.

The unveiling ceremony of the Irena Sendler mural will take place on 7th September at 12:30pm at 18a Kopernika Street in Rzeszów. Following the ceremony, at Kino Zorza, “Historia Ireny Sendlerowej” will be screened followed by a discussion with its director.

The event is under the patronage of the Children's Ombudsman.

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Included in our presentation are her co-workers, people who survived the Holocaust with her help, how she has been commemorated in Poland and in Israel, as well as Irena Sendler memorabilia from the collection of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.