69 years ago today

Today is the 69th anniversary of the day when one of my dearest heroes, Janusz Korczak, marched with the children of his Warsaw Ghetto orphanage to the death trains that would take them to the Treblinka extermination camp. I would not say definitively that Korczak died that say — it may have taken another day or two for him to actually reach the gas chambers — but this is the last confirmed sighting of him. He had multiple chances to save his own life, but refused to abandon his orphans and got onto the train holding children in his arms.

I commemorated his passing with another guest entry on the Executed Today blog. Korczak died as he lived: an honest, honorable man who loved others more than he loved himself. It’s kind of ironic that he has become so famous because of the manner of his death when, as my guest entry shows, he had so many accomplishments while he lived.

7 thoughts on “69 years ago today

  1. Lori August 6, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    How tragic. The Nazi’s took away so much of the brilliance in our world and replaced it with horror.

  2. Elena August 6, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    Did you see the movie “Korczak”? 10 stars, definitely worth seeing.

    • Meaghan August 6, 2011 / 8:17 pm

      No, never even heard of it till now. Is it available on DVD, in English or with English subtitles?

  3. Elena August 6, 2011 / 10:15 pm

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099949/. Netflix does not have it. I don’t know where you would get the DVD. I saw it in a theatre in college in 1993. It’s in Polish, German, and Russian, with English subtitles.

  4. Michael August 7, 2011 / 11:48 am

    I saw that movie on Video like 12 years ago. It’s out there somewhere. Nice entry btw Meaghan, your writing is really a pleasure to read.

  5. Kat August 7, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    It is available on vhs, also the last bits of the movie you can get on youtube. It’s out there, in bits and pieces. Check ebay, alibris, amazon. That’s where I get a lot of my stuff, aside from yard sales, etc.

    • Meaghan August 8, 2011 / 11:43 pm

      I checked and found a few online sellers of the DVD. And my birthday’s in two months…

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