Frases de Irena Sendler

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Irena Sendler

Fecha de nacimiento: 15. Febrero 1910
Fecha de muerte: 12. Mayo 2008

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Irena Sendler o Sendlerowa , conocida como «El Ángel del Gueto de Varsovia», fue una enfermera y trabajadora social polaca católica, que durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial ayudó y salvó a más de dos mil quinientos niños judíos prácticamente condenados a ser víctimas del Holocausto, arriesgando su propia vida. Fue candidata al Premio Nobel de la Paz en 2007, aunque finalmente no resultó elegida. Sin embargo, fue reconocida como Justa entre las naciones y se le otorgó la más alta distinción civil de Polonia al ser nombrada dama de la Orden del Águila Blanca.

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Frases Irena Sendler

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

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

„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)

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„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)

„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)

„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 "Irena Sendler: An Unsung Heroine" http://www.auschwitz.dk/Sendler.htm by Louis Bülow (2007)

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

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

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