A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children

A Hero and the Holocaust The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children Author radio personality teacher and doctor Janusz Korczak accomplished much in his lifetime Yet above all else he is best remembered as the beloved director of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw Pola

  • Title: A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children
  • Author: David A. Adler Bill Farnsworth
  • ISBN: 9780823415489
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Author, radio personality, teacher, and doctor Janusz Korczak accomplished much in his lifetime Yet, above all else, he is best remembered as the beloved director of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, Poland, who gave his life trying to protect his wards.

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    1. The man (who went knowingly to death with the children from his orphanage) is worth so much more than 5 stars. I liked that this telling of the story spent some time discussing his youth; most accounts I’ve read about him tend to start relatively few years before his murder. He was a very interesting child and man and it was refreshing to read some details of his life other than his final heroic act.The illustrations are appropriately dark hued and beautifully done.This biography and history p [...]

    2. Summary: In this narrative non-fiction text, readers are introduced to a somewhat unknown hero of World War II, Henryk Goldszmit (later changed to pen name Janusz Korczak). As a young boy he grew up in beautiful Warsaw Poland, living a fairly lavish lifestyle until his father was placed in a mental institution and died shortly after. With this sudden loss and impoverished state Korczak began to write very dark, sad stories and poems expressing his feelings. He continued writing and eventually we [...]

    3. I have recently discovered picture-book-biographies. The elementary I volunteer at has a strong collection. This one needed to be longer and more coherent for kiddos, but the story itself is strong. A young boy grows up in Poland and uses his love of stories and children to open an orphanage a terrible time for children, the years before WWII. Janusz Korczak is a hero.He stays with his beloved children when Warsaw is cut off from the rest of Poland. He stays when the Warsaw Ghetto grows smaller [...]

    4. Ages 8+I liked this book and hated it at the same time. It was heartbreaking. I had never heard of Janusz Korczak, so I had no idea what to expect from the book. From looking at the cover and reading the title, I expected that Janusz would save children from the death camps. Sadly, that is not what happened. This book was really well-written and focused on all the good things that he did prior to the end of his life. He started an orphanage in Poland and children adored him. He was also a doctor [...]

    5. A Hero And the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children written by David Alder and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth is a beautiful biography about the life of Janusz Korczak originally born as Henryk Goldszmit. Henryk was born in Poland to Jewish parents he was a quite child who daydreamed for hours, “telling himself fairy tales.” His father developed a mental illness was institutionalized and passed away a few years later, hurtling the family into poverty. Henryk started writin [...]

    6. Janusz Koczak was such an inspiring man, though outside of Poland and the Holocaust community, few people knew his story until recently.A Dr. through three wars, he became the Dirctor of a Polish orphanage shortly before the Nazis invaded Poland. As a person of national importance, he was twice spared trips to a concentration camp. Remaining behind in his capacity as Director, he chose to travel with the orphans in his care to Treblinka where he perished alongside the orphans.Korczak (real name: [...]

    7. A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children by David AdlerIllustrated by Bill Farnsworth32p Published by Holiday House 2002Grades K-3 This is a biography of the Polish, Jewish orphanage director and doctor, Janusz Korczak who comforted and cared for hundreds of children in the Warsaw ghetto. When the children were forced to eventually leave the ghetto and board trains to Treblinka, a concentration camp, Korczak refused to leave his children and went with them: “There [...]

    8. I ran across this one in the library while looking for Margaret Knight's biography and ended up taking this one as well, in large part between Korczak is a major personal hero of mine, and also because it's mentioned in the handbook I'm using in class. The illustrations are beautiful, nearly photographic (and in some places they are definitely based on historical photographs), though also dark and grainy. The text is the unvarnished story. They die. All of them. That's what happened, and there i [...]

    9. A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children by David A. Adler is a picture book biography intended for readers in grades three through five. I gave it four stars. Janusz Korczak was a Polish man, director of a Jewish orphans’ home in Poland during World War II and the era of Hitler and the Nazis. “Korczak told adults to respect children and their beliefs, and most of all, to love them…Janusz Korczak refused to leave his children” As Warsaw fell and was overtak [...]

    10. A Book for Children About a Great Man Who Loved ThemFrom the time of his early boyhood in Warsaw, Poland, to his untimely death at the hands of the Nazis in 1942, Janusz Korczak cared for and loved children, especially those who others shunned. And the children all loved him. This beautifully illustrated book, tenderly tells the life story of the "Old Doctor" and how he ran his orphanages, both the original Children's Home he established on Krochmalna Street in 1912 and the one he was forced to [...]

    11. This is the third picture book, and probably my favorite, I have read about Henryk Goldszmit, better known as Janusz Korczak; doctor, author, humanitarian, child advocate, and amazing selfless person. Together David Adler and Bill Farnsworth did a fantastic job of showing life during Nazi occupied Poland and the Warsaw ghetto, in an appropriate way for older elementary age students. I wish any parent or educator good luck when attempting to get through this powerful read without crying. My daugh [...]

    12. A book about the unheard hero Janusz Korczak, who was called the "Old Doctor" for taking care of hundreds of children in the orphanages. He was forced to take these orphans to a death camp, but he remained by their side til the end. This is a touching book that can be used in the classroom while discussing the Holocaust. Children can relate to to this book because it talks about children around the elementary school age. Great pictures!

    13. ˜Spoiler alert! The book ends with the death of Korczak and the children so it’s pretty dark. There is no sensational gore or details and there is a hopeful tone, even if it is slight but the teacher should definitely preview it. For students ready to handle this kind of material, this book does not gloss over the effects of the Holocaust but strides the line of truth and gory detail.

    14. Well, here's a somber thing. I'm in the middle of reading ECHO by Ryan. I think I'll insert this tomorrow for more background information. So much good comes from evil acts. In the end, the good trumps.

    15. I recently learned of Janusz Korczak for the first time in the book The Zookeeper's Wife. I previewed this book for my son to read to learn about this remarkable man and his orphanage children that he tended to with such a loving heart in the Warsaw ghetto.

    16. Great to introduce this amazing man to younger audiences! Although it may be a little dry for young readers

    17. It always amazes me how some people did so well despite their circumstances. These people truly make me try to be a better person.

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