The Story of Irena Sendler Explained to Children

From left: Blair Felt, Cathy Werling, and Megan Felt sign  Mommy Who Was Irena Sendler? books Sept. 19.

Irena Sendler’s story is so inspiring and yet so very sad.

The Polish social worker smuggled Jewish children to safe places as the Jews were being annihilated by the Nazis in World War II.

The story was discovered by three Uniontown High School students 20 years ago and changed the lives of all involved.

Sept. 19 the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, one of the outshoots of that discovery of Sendler’s story, hosted a book signing.

The book is entitled Mommy Who Was Irena Sendler? by local children’s author Cathy Werling. It is a book that explains the story in a way children can understand.

The book depicts Megan Felt, who was one of the students who discovered Sendler, telling the heartbreaking story one woman’s courage, to her daughter Blair.

“I try to spark conversations,” Werling said. “My books are ones that parents read to their children and answer some of the questions.”

Mommy Who Was Irena Sendler? is the third children’s book in her series about humble heroes.

Werling believes that by sharing these stories, it helps children understand the power of one person to make a positive difference in the world around them.


A panel in the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes tells how Sendler smuggled out the children.
A panel in the Lowell Milken Center tells how the center came about.
To preserve Sendler’s legacy several books have been written, a Hallmark movie was made and her story is still being depicted in a short play performed around the world.
Kellye Barrows and Becky Tourtillot wait in line Sept. 19 to purchase the book Mommy Who Was Irena Sendler? Once purchased, books were then signed by the author, Cathy Werling and the characters depicted in the book, Megan Felt and her daughter, Blair.

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes is located in downtown Fort Scott, Kansas at the corner of Wall and Main Street.

For more information:

620-223-1312, or view its Facebook page or the website

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