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.