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Irena Sendler

I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality.

Irena Sendler (also called as Irena Sendlerowa in Polish) (1910-02-15 - 2008-05-12) was a social worker who during World War II was an activist in the Polish Underground and Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She helped save about 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and finding hiding places in individual and group children houses out of the Ghetto.

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Over a half-century has passed since the hell of the Holocaust, but its spectre still hangs over the world and doesn’t allow us to forget.
  • I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality.
    • Quoted in "Holocaust heroine's survival tale" by Adam Easton in BBC News (2005-03-03).
  • Let me stress most emphatically that we who were rescuing children are not some kind of heroes. Indeed, that term irritates me greatly. The opposite is true. I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little.
    • Quoted in "Holocaust heroine's survival tale" by Adam Easton in BBC News (2005-03-03).
  • Over a half-century has passed since the hell of the Holocaust, but its spectre still hangs over the world and doesn’t allow us to forget.
  • Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory.
  • Heroes do extraordinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal.
    • Quoted in "Irena Sendlerowa: Warsaw social worker who rescued thousands from the Jewish ghetto" by Rupert Cornwell in The Independent (2008-05-14).

Quotes about SendlerEdit

  • If being a saint is complete devotion to a cause, bravery and altruism, then I think Mrs Sendlerowa fulfils all the conditions.I think about her the way you think about someone you owe your life to.
    • Michal Glowinski, literature professor, quoted in Adam Easton, "Holocaust heroine's survival tale", BBC News (2005-03-03).
  • To me and many rescued children, Irena Sendlerowa is a third mother. Good, wise, kind, always accepting, she shares our happiness and worries. We drop in for Irena's advice when life presents us with difficulties.
    • Elzbieta Ficowska, one of the children saved by Sendler, quoted in Adam Easton, "Holocaust heroine's survival tale", BBC News (2005-03-03).

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