A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust
Janusz Korczak was more than a good doctor. He was a hero. The Dr. Spock of his day, he established orphanages run on his principle of honoring children and shared his ideas with the public in books and on the radio. He famously said that “children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today.” Korczak was a man ahead of his time, whose work ultimately became the basis for the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Korczak was also a Polish Jew on the eve of World War II. He turned down multiple opportunities for escape, standing by the children in his orphanage as they became confined to the Warsaw Ghetto. Dressing them in their Sabbath finest, he led their march to the trains and ultimately perished with his children in Treblinka.
But this book is much more than a biography. Filled with black-and-white photographs, this is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose compassion in even the darkest hours reminds us what is possible.
Notes. Selected sources. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Finalist
YALSA Award Honoree - 2020
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9" x 6"
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Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Janusz Korczak (1878–1942), World War II (1939–1945), Warsaw, Poland, Jewish Holocaust (1939–1945), Ghettos, Orphanages, Resistance to government, Twentieth-century history of Germany, Anti-Nazi movements,