March 4, 2006
From : Norman Conard 610 Meadow Lane
Fort Scott, KS 66701 620-223-
The first annual Irena Sendler Awards will be given
out in Warsaw, Poland on March 23rd, 2006 at 3PM. The awards will be given annually
to an American and Polish educator who represent the teaching of respect for
all people, in the spirit of Irena Sendler. The theme of this award is
Tikkun Olam, Oto repair the world.1
The award will be presented at the Catholic Convent which
is Ms. Sendler1s home. Various dignitaries from the Polish Government
and the American Embassy will be present. The dignitaries include Stefan Meller,
the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Victor Ashe, American Ambassador, the Minister
of Education, Michal Sewerynski, and the Mayor of Warsaw, Miroslaw Kowarski.
The location of the convent can be obtained from the contact below.
A press conference will be held at the Palace of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (6 Foksal Street) on Friday, the 24th of March at 1 PM. The
Minister of Foreign Affairs and other dignitaries will be present.
consist of a trophy and a $10,000 gift. The
American recipient is Norman Conard, of Fort Scott,
Kansas. His students
are responsible for the Orescue1 of Irena Sendler1s
story. The American
gift will be given to the Life in a Jar Foundation
for project expenses. The
Polish recipient is Robert Szuchta of Warsaw, Poland. Mr.
Szuchta has prepared a Polish curriculum for Holocaust
teaching. He is an award winning history teacher in
the Witkiewicz Secondary School in Warsaw.
This initial award is being sponsored by the Children of
the Holocaust organization in Poland, the Polish Government
and benefactors in the United States. The desire is for the award to continue
each year, with a $10,000 prize being given out each year to an American and
a Polish educator.
Elzbieta Ficowska of Warsaw, who was saved as a baby by Irena
Sendler and is President of the Polish Children of the Holocaust organization,
is in charge of the festivities.
610 Meadow Lane
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Press Release from Poland
Warsaw, February 24th 2006
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Poland
Information for the media
A ceremony of bestowing the Irena Sendlerowa
Award, named after the heroic member of an underground
to Polish and US teachers.
March 24th 2006, 1 p.m.,
Pałacyk MSZ, 6 Foksal street, Warsaw
On March 24th (Friday) 2006 at
1 p.m. in the palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
at 6 Foksal street in Warsaw, a ceremony of bestowing
the Irena Sendlerowa Award "For repairing the
world" to Polish and American teachers, will be
held. The award is named after a heroic member of an
underground organization "Zegota" who rescued
2.5 thousand Jewish children during the Second World
War. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic
of Poland, Mr. Stefan Meller will participate in the
This is the first edition of
the Award created on the joint initiative of the Association "Children
of the Holocaust" in Poland and an American foundation "Life
in a Jar". By inaugurating the Award the organizers
wish to honor the person of Irena Sendlerowa as well
as to propagate the ideas and attitudes she has remained
The Award is addressed to primary
and secondary school teachers from the United States
and from Poland, who have been proved to educate their
students in the spirit of tolerance and respect
for the others.
The recipients of the first
edition of the award, nominated by Mrs. Irena Sendlerowa
for their contribution in propagation knowledge about
the Holocaust amongst young people, are two school
teachers: Mr. Norman Conard from Union Town, Kansas,
USA and Mr. Robert Szuchta from LXIV Liceum Ogólnokszta?c?ce im. St. I.
Witkiewicza, Warsaw, Poland. The award amount is 10,000
USD for each of the recipients. The Award is founded
by the American co-organizers.
The organizers intend to grant the Irena Sendlerowa
Award yearly, on the basis of a competition. Two Chapters,
a Polish and American one, will be constituted to asses
submitted applications and to appoint laureates.
The Ceremony held in Warsaw
will take place thanks to the initiative of the Association "Children
of the Holocaust" in Poland, and due to the kindness
and financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BISE
Bank and the US Embassy in Warsaw.
STOWARZYSZENIE "DZIECI HOLOCAUSTU" W
ASSOCIATION "CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST" IN
Pl. Grzybowski 12/16, 00-104 Warszawa,
tel./fax. +48 (22) 6208245, tel. +48 (22) 6521220
www.dzieciholocaustu.org.pl e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org