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Irena Sendler

Data di nascita: 15. Febbraio 1910
Data di morte: 12. Maggio 2008

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Irena Sendler, da nubile Irena Krzyżanowska , è stata un'infermiera e assistente sociale polacca, che collaborò con la Resistenza nella Polonia occupata durante la Seconda guerra mondiale.

Divenne famosa per avere salvato, insieme con una ventina di altri membri della Resistenza polacca, circa 2.500 bambini ebrei, facendoli uscire di nascosto dal ghetto di Varsavia, fornendo falsi documenti e trovando rifugi in case al di fuori del ghetto.

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„I still carry the marks on my body of what those "German supermen" did to me then.“

— Irena Sendler
Context: I still carry the marks on my body of what those "German supermen" did to me then. I was sentenced to death. Referring to Nazi doctrines that German "Aryans" were a "master-race" of "supermen", as quoted in "Holocaust heroine's survival tale" by Adam Easton in BBC News (3 March 2005)

„I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little.“

— Irena Sendler
Context: 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. As quoted in "Holocaust heroine's survival tale" by Adam Easton in BBC News (3 March 2005)

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„Heroes do extraordinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal.“

— Irena Sendler
Context: 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 (14 May 2008)

„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.“

— Irena Sendler
Letter to the Polish Senate (2007), quoted in [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/world/europe/13sendler.html?em&ex=1210824000&en=cecafcbe4079750b&ei=5087%0A "Irena Sendler, Lifeline to Young Jews, Is Dead at 98"] by Dennis Hevesi in The New York Times (13 May 2008)

„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.“

— Irena Sendler
Letter to the Polish Senate (2007), quoted in [http://www.auschwitz.dk/Sendler.htm "Irena Sendler: An Unsung Heroine"] by Louis Bülow (2007)

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

— Irena Sendler
As quoted in [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4314145.stm "Holocaust heroine's survival tale" by Adam Easton in BBC News (3 March 2005)]

„I am the only person still alive of that rescuing group but I want everyone to know that, while I was coordinating our efforts, we were about twenty to twenty five people. I did not do it alone.“

— Irena Sendler
Quoted in [http://www.socwork.net/2006/1/historicalportraits/wieler "The Long Path to Irena Sendler - Mother of the Holocaust Children"], by Joachim Wieler Social Work & Society, vol. 4 (2006)

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