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

Author(s) David A. Adler
Illustrator(s) Bill Farnsworth
Age Group 8-12
Publisher Holiday House
ISBN 978-0823415489
Year 2002

Janusz Korczak—called “Old Doctor” by the orphans who loved him—was a doctor and promoter of children's rights, who ran a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, Poland during the years of the Nazi’s rise to power. Korczak bravely sheltered his children from the brutality of the Warsaw Ghetto until the Nazis forced him to lead the orphans to the Treblinka death camp. When a Nazi soldier at Treblinka offered to spare Korczak from extermination, he refused and remained with his children until the end.