Exhibition, Janusz Korczak: Champion of the Child
To mark the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Museum of Childhood Project, The Irish Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Trust Ireland present Janusz Korczak: Champion of the Child.
Janusz Korczak was a Polish Jewish educator and children’s author who came to represent the rights of street children and orphans in Warsaw in the early 20th century. He was also the director or two orphanages in Warsaw. The exhibition explores how life in Poland became increasingly difficult for Korczak after the Nazi occupation. In 1940, his Jewish orphanage was moved inside the Warsaw Ghetto and on 6 August 1942 he was forced to gather together the 200 orphans in his care for deportation. Refusing all offers for his own rescue, Korczak accompanied the children on the train that would take them to the Treblinka death camp, preferring to die with the children under his protection rather than abandon them.
The launch of the exhibition was held in the DLR Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, Thursday 26 April 2018. In attendance were representatives from the Slovakian, Romanian and Israeli embassies, TD Richard Boyd-Barrett, Holocaust survivor Suzi Diamond and representatives of The Museum of Childhood Project, The Irish Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Trust Ireland. The exhibition will be on display in the Lexicon Library until 07 May 2018, before going on a nationwide tour.
DUBLIN DLR LEXICON LIBRARY 23rd April to 7th May
GALWAY CITY LIBRARY 8th to 31st May
LIBRARY June 1st to 30th, (to be confirmed)
BELFAST CENTRAL LIBRARY 1st to 31st July
CORK CITY LIBRARY 1st to 31st August