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The King of Children: A Biography of Janusz Korczak
The King of Children A Biography of Janusz Korczak Author:Betty Jean Lifton Janusz Korczak was one of the world's first advocates of children's rights. And on August 6, 1942, he stepped into legend. On that day, this Polish-Jewish doctor, writer, and educator was forced to gather together the 200 orphans under his care in the Warsaw Ghetto. Refusing all offers for his own safety, he led them with quiet diginity to the t... more »rain that would take them to Treblinka-where he perished with them.
Although Janusz Korczak, born Henryk Goldszmit in 1878, is renowned throughout Europe, he is still virtually unknown in this country. It was he who introduced the first progressive orphanages-both for Jewish and Catholic children-into Poland, founded the first national children's newspaper, and testified in behalf of children in juvenile courts. His King Matt the First, the story of a child-king who dreamed of organizing a children's crusade to reform the world, is reguarded in Poland with the reverence we in the West accord Peter Pan. Maurice Sendak has praised King Matt the First as "droll and melancholy, wry and touching."
This first biography of Janusz Korczak in English draws not only on his writings-still largely unavailable in translation-but on interviews conducted in Poland and Israel with the orphans he raised and the teachers he trained. It reveals the man behind the legend: a man who died as he lived, the welfare of children uppermost in his mind.« less