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By Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak (1879–1942) is without doubt one of the mythical figures to emerge from the Holocaust. A profitable pediatrician and recognized writer in his local Warsaw, he gave up an excellent scientific occupation to dedicate himself to the care of orphans. Like such a lot of different Jews, Korczak was once despatched into the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazi profession of Poland. He instantly manage an orphanage for greater than 2 hundred youngsters. a lot of his admirers, Jewish and gentile, provided to rescue him from the ghetto, yet Korczak refused to go away his small fees. whilst the Nazis ordered the youngsters to board a teach that used to be to hold them to the Treblinka demise camp, Korczak went with them, regardless of the Nazis’ supply of designated remedy. His selfless habit in taking good care of those children’s lives and deaths has made him liked during the global; he has been commemorated via UNESCO and venerated on postage stamps in either Poland and Israel.

Korczak’s grimly inspiring ghetto diary is now on hand in paperback for the 1st time, observed by way of a brand new advent by means of Betty Jean Lifton, the writer of the biography of Korczak.

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I want to prevail, fight for new areas. (Probably these thoughts were suggested to me by the 22nd of June when, after the longest day of the year, the sun sets three minutes earlier each day. Sneakingly, imperceptibly but inexorably there is less of the day by three minutes and again by three, and again. I used to commiserate with old age and death; now, less sure myself, I begin to fear for my own self. One must fight for and achieve a great balance in order to have enough to write off for losses.

This one is more bony, that one is fatter. But I am speaking of the seven-year stages. I know: life could be divided into five-year periods, and that way, too, it could be made to fit. I know: the living conditions. Wealth, poverty. Success, worries. I know the war, wars, disasters. And this too is relative. ” Even the present war is spoiling many. Yet surely there is not a man who does not believe that the failures of strength, health and energy spring not from the war but from that 7x8 and 7x9.

He would reach for and read the first thing that came to his hand. , a friend of mine. She never lit a lamp in the evening but used to read by the light of wax matches which he bought her especially for the purpose. I have a cough. It’s hard to work. To step from the sidewalk down to the street, and then climb up again. A passer-by pushed me inadvertently: I staggered to one side and leaned against a wall. It’s not feebleness. I could easily lift a schoolboy, thirty kilograms of living, resistant weight.

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