Jewish Values: A Light in the Darkness : Janusz Korczak, his Orphans, and the Holocaust

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New York
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400 p.
A biography of Janusz Korczak, 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. The book examines not just Janusz Korczak's life but his ideology of children: that children are valuable in and of themselves, as individuals. He contrasts this with Adolf Hitler's life and his ideology of children: that children are nothing more than tools of the state.The author describes the Warsaw Ghetto and how Jews within and Poles without responded. Who worked to save lives and who tried to 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. A 2020 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Adults.
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