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Korczak and His Children
January 27, 2011   
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Janusz Korczak (1878-1944) was an outstanding teacher, writer, doctor and social activist whose best known act was to have accompanied the children entrusted to his care to the Treblinka Nazi death camp after the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto when he had the opportunity to forsake them and save himself. The History Meeting House in Warsaw focuses on him in its latest exhibition.

The exhibition is entitled Janusz Korczak—udzielić dzieciom głosu (Janusz Korczak—Let the Children Speak) and captures crucial stages of Korczak’s life, his many years of work for the Jewish Orphanage in Warsaw, and his children’s books. Korczak anticipated today’s children’s rights campaigners by decades. His demand that children be respected is as pertinent now as it was then. He is still loved by children as the author of Król Maciu¶ I (King Matt the First).

The archival pictures on show have been made available courtesy of the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum in Israel. The exhibition was organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, and the History Meeting House, and has been made possible thanks to the support of the Pedagogical Institute of Leipzig University, the Pedagogical Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the School Museum—Workshop for School History.


Open Tue. to Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until Feb. 28

History Meeting House, 20 Karowa St., Warsaw
Free admission
For more information, go to www.dsh.waw.pl
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