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Tribute to Hero Who Helped Children
August 29, 2012   
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Janusz Korczak—A Children’s King is the title of a new outdoor exhibition that the History Meetings House has organized to pay tribute to Janusz Korczak, a physician, writer, educator, social activist, reformist and thinker. Korczak, whose real name was Henryk Goldszmit, was a Polish Jew who considered himself both Polish and Jewish.

The new exhibition is part of the Year of Janusz Korczak commemorations. This year marks 70 years since Korczak’s tragic death and 100 years since he founded an orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw. Using photographs, documents and excerpts from Korczak’s diary and books, the exhibition highlights his work as a war doctor, his ties with Warsaw, his inventive approach to education and his travels.

In 1919, Korczak also founded an orphanage for Polish children called Our Home. In 1926, he launched the first magazine to be edited mostly by children. He wrote novels and short stories for children, of which the most popular include Król Maciu¶ Pierwszy (King Matt the First), Kajtu¶ Czarodziej (Kaytek the Wizard) and Bankructwo Małego Dżeka (Bankruptcy of Little Jack).

Korczak spent his entire life campaigning for children’s right to be raised in normal conditions and to be shown respect by adults. He treated children as his friends. He died in August 1942 at the Treblinka Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland together with his charges.

Exhibition until Sept. 15 in front of Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace
32 Krakowskie Przedmie¶cie St.
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