Janusz Korczak

A man named Janusz Korczak

During World War II Janusz Korczak ran an orphanage for Jewish children. 192 children came to be in his care. He had dedicated pretty much his whole life to the welfare of orphaned children.

He was once quoted as saying: “Children have the right to be treated by adults with respect and dignity; as equals.”

During 1941 his orphanage was moved to another area and it soon came under close scrutiny from the German military. He was told that he didn’t have to move with them but he adamantly declined. He went with them.

He simply refused to leave the children behind.

Upon arriving in this new area, it was soon apparent that this ‘ghetto’ was short of work, food was sparse and for many, just a life of utter misery. But Janusz persisted. He fought and fought, constantly for financial resources to support his children and all their needs. Above all, he fought so that, despite the hopeless conditions, each child could maintain a semblance of their previous lives and be happy.

Various resistance groups repeatedly offered Janusz a way out of the ghetto, but he turned down their offer every time. Choosing to stay and care for the 192 children at his orphanage.

It was in 1942 that the mass extermination of the Jews began to take hold.

On August 5th 1942, German soldiers came to the orphanage to gather up the 192 children and take them to the infamous Treblinka extermination camp.

Janusz, determined to keep their spirits up and extinguish their fear, calmly told them to gather up their limited belongings. He then marched forward to the gate; holding the hand of one of his children, followed by the remaining 191, all dressed in their finest clothes.

When they almost reached their final destination, a German officer recognised Janusz and offered him a chance to save himself. He declined.

He stayed with his children, until the very end.

Janusz sacrificed his own life to bring comfort and love to his children. His kindness and complete humility shines today as a beacon of light amongst a documented history book of such enormous cruelty and darkness.

His final words:

“I exist not to be loved and admired, but to love and act. It is not the duty of those around me to love me. Rather, it is my duty to be concerned about the world; about mankind.”

So, I shall ask, is possible, that the Spirit of Jesus has come back to Earth?

I shall leave that there.


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