Irena Sendler

2018 is the Year of Irena Sendler.

Irena Sendler's biography

“I was raised in a spirit in which religion, nationality and belonging to some race was a matter of indifference – it was the person who mattered!” – she wrote in her diary.

Irena Sendler and Maria Proner

Irena Sendler’s Network of Colleagues

Irena Sendler’s activities were made possible by the co-operation of many people. Amongst her closest colleagues were her friends from the City Council’s Department of Social Services and Public Health.

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler's activity in “Żegota”

In October 1943, Irena Sendler became head of the Children’s Department of “Żegota”. At that time, ninety-nine children came under her care. She also helped those who were in convents and care facilities.

Irena Sendler with her daughter Janina

Irena Sendler’s Children

Today, the number of children, who survived thanks to help received from Irena Sendler and her colleagues, is difficult to determine. After the War, many of these survivors remained in close contact with her.

Remembering Irena Sendler

Her name is honoured in many forms – streets, squares and schools in her name, awards carrying her name. She is depicted on murals, coins and postage stamps. There is even a variety of tulip named after her.

Sources Regarding Irena Sendler

Selected publication sources, books, press articles, as well as documentary and drama films concerning the life and activities of Irena Sendler.

Irena Sendlerowa with her daughter Janina

Educational Kit

POLIN Museum, together with the Centre for Civic Education, has developed special educational material which will be of assistance in lessons about Irena Sendler.

Order of Polonia Restituta

Irena Sendler memorabilia

Irena Sendler memorabilia form part of the collection of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Among items in the collection are her Order of the White Eagle, her Righteous Among the Nations medal and others.