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Korczak, Janusz (Henryk Goldszmit)

Born: 1878? AD
Died: 1942 AD.

Nationality: Polish
Categories: Authors, Educators, Humanitarian


1878 - Born in Warsaw on the 22nd of July.

1898 - He used Janusz Korczak as a writing pseudonym in Ignacy Paderewski's literary contest.

1890 - He studied in the Flying University.

1898–1904 - Korczak studied medicine in Warsaw and also wrote for several Polish language newspapers.

1905–1906 - He served as a military doctor.

1907–1908 - Korczak continued his studies in Berlin.

1909 - He met Stefania WilczyDska.

1911–1912 - He became a director of Dom Sierot, the orphanage of his own design for Jewish children in Warsaw.

1914 - Korczak again became a military doctor with the rank of lieutenant during World War I.

1926 - He let the children begin their own newspaper, the MaBy Przegld, as a weekly attachment to the daily Polish-Jewish Newspaper Nasz Przegld.

1930 - He had his own radio program until it was cancelled due to complaints from anti-semites.

1933 - He was awarded the Silver Cross of the Polonia Restituta.

1934–1936 - Korczak traveled yearly to Palestine and visited its kibbutzim.

1938 - He refused to move to Palestine even when WilczyDska moved there for a year.

1939 - When World War II erupted, Korczak volunteered for duty in the Polish Army but was refused due to his age.

1940 - His orphanage was forced to move to the ghetto. Korczak moved in with them.

1942 - Died in August.


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