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)
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
I still carry the marks on my body of what those "German supermen" did to me then. I was sentenced to death.Irena Sendler
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
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
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.Irena Sendler
Heroes do extraordinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal.Irena Sendler