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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 winning pediatrician and famous writer in his local Warsaw, he gave up a super 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 career of Poland. He instantly arrange an orphanage for greater than 2 hundred teenagers. 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 kids to board a educate that used to be to hold them to the Treblinka loss of life camp, Korczak went with them, regardless of the Nazis’ provide of specific therapy. His selfless habit in taking care of those children’s lives and deaths has made him cherished in the course of the international; he has been venerated through UNESCO and honored on postage stamps in either Poland and Israel.

Korczak’s grimly inspiring ghetto diary is now to be had in paperback for the 1st time, observed via a brand new advent via Betty Jean Lifton, the writer of the biography of Korczak.

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I shall read Diderot’s Jacques le fataliste. Probably for the first time I have forgotten that I am living through my tenth sevenyear life stage, 7x9. Tensely, I waited for 2x7. Perhaps it was precisely then that I had heard of this for the first time. The Gypsy’s seven, seven days of the week. Why not the victorious ten of olden days (the number of fingers)? I remember the tense feeling as I waited for the clock to strike midnight. The change was supposed to take place just at that instant. There was some scandal with a hermaphrodite.

Now the only people left were half-beasts, all others have perished. How minutely, to the last detail I planned everything—the best proof that my own person was completely excluded from this peculiar system. By a mere turn of the micrometer screw of my “microscope” I could have taken my own life. What then? I confess with some embarrassment that I return to this theme today, too, on the more difficult nights. Nights in prison have produced the most interesting chapters of my tale. There was about a dozen of these daydreams in the workshop to choose from.

Perhaps it is. Yet you cannot do without it. There are the editorials, and a novel in installments, obituaries and theatrical reviews, reports from the courts. The movies—a new film. A new novel. Small accidents. Classified advertisements. Not really so interesting as rather offering a choice. Someone killed under the streetcar, somebody has invented something or other, someone’s fur coat was stolen, and here a five-year prison sentence. Somebody wants to buy a sewing machine or a typewriter, or has a piano for sale or is looking for a three-room apartment with all modern conveniences.

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