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

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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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Holiday House
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 11, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older children who already know at least a little about the Holocaust
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 pic
Nov 04, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
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
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 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 sma
Apr 30, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
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
Ruth Kennison
Mar 22, 2014 Ruth Kennison rated it really liked it
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 writing to ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Ch_jank-caporale rated it really liked it
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.
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Jul 25, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: jewish
A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children by David Adler
Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
32p Published by Holiday House 2002
Grades 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 w
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 ...more
Jaclyn Giordano
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 overtaken by th ...more
Daniel L.
A Book for Children About a Great Man Who Loved Them

From 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
May 06, 2014 Shelli rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Seher Patka
Apr 21, 2011 Seher Patka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
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!
Jan 06, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
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Mar 28, 2016 Jody rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 19, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it
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.
Lee Ann
Apr 29, 2012 Lee Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: holocaust-books
Great to introduce this amazing man to younger audiences! Although it may be a little dry for young readers...
Jul 11, 2010 Pitta rated it liked it
good story about a hero of the holocaust
May 18, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more
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