Ordinary for her.
Extraordinary for anybody else.
You see she was compelled to do it. It was her Temperament.
Irena Sendler (Sendlerowa) was just 4′11″ tall, with dark eyes set in a round, smiling face, her friends described her as a warm, yet quietly determined individual, with an exceptional organizational skill.
Those who knew her say that it was always Irena’s nature to help. Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others—reinforced by her mother’s example and words—made a deep impression on her. Though still young, she already had a history of responding to those in need, helping others, and of defying rising anti-Semitism to reach out to and stand up for Jews.
“My parents taught me,” Irena had said, “that if a man is drowning, it is irrelevant what is his religion or nationality. One must help him.”