A Pittsburgh high-school teacher proposed that a Polish woman who saved Jewish children in the Holocaust receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Norm Conrad, a history teacher at Uniontown High School, proposed the award for Irena Sendler, who saved more than 2,500 children from the Nazis during World War II.

Seven years ago Conrad and his students wrote a play and film documentary about Sendler, “Life in a Jar,” which helped raise awareness of her extraordinary achievement at a time when Sendler barely had enough money to survive.

A petition to award Sendler the prize posthumously is being drafted with the support of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.