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Janusz Korczak  Janusz Korczak was a Polish educator, children's author, and pediatrician.  He also served as an expert witness in courts of law, and an advocate for children’s rights. In 1906 Korczak decided to organize a summer camp for poor children from the slums of Warsaw, and dedicate a month of his vacation to running it.  This proved to be a turning point in his life, as he turned more and more of his attention to founding a home for the abandoned children of his city.     In 1912 his dream became a reality, as his orphanage in Warsaw for Jewish children opened.  His special intent was that it be a place where the residents were treated like true family.  He served as Director until August of 1942 when Nazi soldiers arrived to take the 192 children and twelve staff members to the extermination camp in Treblinka.  Because he had also been the director of a Catholic orphanage as well, Korczak was given permission to leave, but he refused to abandon his children.  Later at the train station, an SS officer recognized Korczak as the author of a book his children had read and loved.  Again, the good doctor was offered protection from certain death.  And again, Korczak refused.  It was reported that his response was:  “You do not leave a sick child in the night, and you do not leave children at a time like this.”  He boarded the train to Treblinka with his children, and was never seen again. Janusz Korczak dedicated his time, his talents, his life to the forgotten children of Warsaw, and his love endured to the end.  He serves as a model of generosity and love. Janusz Korczak is a hero you should know.  I'm Dr. Ross Porter.   To Learn more about Janusz Korczak, please see:http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Korczak.htmlhttp://chgs.umn.edu/museum/responses/hergeth/bio.html

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