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The Man Who Couldn’t Hate…

On November 22 the Polish Embassy in Moldova and the Jewish Cultural Center KEDEM conducted program dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the tragic death of Janusz Korczak in whose name was proclaimed the year 2012 in Poland.

The exhibition "King of Children", dedicated to the eminent Polish writer and educator Janusz Korczak, who died along with the children in the orphanage death camp Treblinka was prepared jointly with the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. The film "Korczak" shot by outstanding Polish director Andrzej Wajda was shown in the end of the program. Musical compositions from Polish and Moldovan composers were performed by violinists’ ensemble "Fidler" of the JCC.

"Lives of great men are like legends - difficult, but fine" - so wrote the great teacher, and these words are fully applicable to his life.

He went down in history under the pseudonym; while his real name was Henrik Goldschmidt. The future writer was born in Warsaw in an intellectual Jewish family. He received his medical degree. But in 1911, left the profession and founded the "House of Orphans" for Jewish children, which was headed to the end.

In 1940, the "House of Orphans" was moved to the Warsaw ghetto. Janusz Korczak refused all offers of admirers of his talent to hide him. He refused the offer of freedom and chose to stay with the children, taking them to die in the gas chamber.

 


The concept of the exhibition belongs to Anthony Rogovic, who, along with his assistants collected photos from the Museum of Warsaw, Museum of Israeli fighters, European Historical Institute in Warsaw.

The program involved the diplomatic corps representatives in Moldova, including the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Moldova, Mr Artur Michalski, Ambassador of Lithuania in Moldova Mrs. Violetta Motulaite, heads of the ethnic communities, eminent people of culture and art of Moldova, stidents and schoolchildren.

“Janusz Korczak life is an example of courage and heroism”, said Mr. Artur Michalski. “We have to remember his love to children and humankind and try to follow”.

‘This is an amazing event and idea”, confirmed Catalina, one of the visitors. “I heard the name of Janusz Korczak before, but today I got a lot of new and impressive information that is so important for us in nowadays!”

 

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