Irena Sendler

Maria Fernanda Rotter Vela

A sneak peek of Irena's Life

Irena was born on February 15th in 1910 into a Catholic family in Warsaw Poland, but later moved to a small town called Otwock. She was given the name of Irena Krzyzanowk, but later got the name of Irena Sendler during her first marriage. Irena's father was a doctor besides of being the first polish socialist. He tried to raise Irena as a person who would always offer help by teaching her to love and respect all people no matter their race, social status, religion, economy and ethnicity. This lessons his father gave her made Irena strong enough to put her life in danger in order to save thousands of Jewish kids during the WWII.


Irena went to Warsaw University, though she was kicked out for disobeying Jewish segregation laws. First of all she had very strong loyalties towards her Jewish friends, but they had a law that basically stated that Jewish were under the rest of the religions. One day Irena decided to stand up and break that division, so she went to sit on the Jewish side of the classroom, stating that she was a Jewish that day. A year later Irena was admitted back to the University where she completed her studies.


Irena developed a very strong believe of compassion towards different types people. It is through these beliefs that she was able to accomplish this heroic acts that she did for others.

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Quotes

“If you see someone drowning, you

must jump in and try to save them,

even if you don’t know how to swim.”


"The world could be better

if there is love, tolerance

and humility."


"Every child saved with my

helps is the justification of my

existence on this earth,

and not a title of glory."


"I am a human smuggler."

Irena Sendler facts


  • She rescued 2,500 kids from concentrated camps.
  • She married Mieczyslaw Sendler.
  • Irene ally was Jolunta.
  • She was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 2007.
  • She smuggled kids from death camps and gave them out to an orphanage.
  • She gave this kids new identities.
  • She would hide their new identities in a jar so that once they were old she could find them in order to remind them their past.
  • She was a Polish nurse and social worker.
  • She worked for a social welfare department.
  • She died in May 12, 2008 as a 98 year old woman.
  • Children were placed into Polish families.
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