The King of Children: The Life and Death of Janusz Korczak [Paperback]

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Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: American Academy Of Pediatrics; 1 edition (February 1, 2006) ISBN-13: 978-1581101843 Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches Illustrated



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The life of a moral exemplar comes alive in this acclaimed biography of the first known advocate of children's rights in Poland—the man known as a savior of hundreds of orphans in the Warsaw ghetto. A pediatrician, educator, and Polish Jew, Janusz Korczak introduced progressive orphanages serving both Jewish and Catholic children in Warsaw. Determined to shield children from the injustices of the adult world, he built orphanages into "just communities" complete with parliaments and courts. Korczak also founded the first national children's newspaper, testified on behalf of children in juvenile courts, and—through his works How to Love a Child and How to Respect a Child—provided teachers and parents with a moral education. Known throughout Europe as a Pied Piper of destitute children prior to the onslaught of World War II, he assumed legendary status when on August 6, 1942, after refusing offers for his own safety, he defiantly led the orphans under his care in the Warsaw Ghetto to the trains that would take them to Treblinka.

"Lifton has re-created, with passion and generosity, the life of an extraordinary man, who until the end of his life, dreamed and worked only for unfortunate children... Told with moving simplicity that takes your breath away." --Elie Wiesel

"A reading of The King of Children makes known a remarkable man....A lesser man would have been broken by the tasks Korczak set himself....His strategy, sent to the head from the heart, was to remember as few can how it felt to be a child."--Geoffrey Wolff, The New York Times Book Review

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