Friday, September 30, 2011

Janusz Korczak (1878 -1942)

Korczak was a Polish-Jewish pediatrician and author who, despite several offers to escape, refused to abandon close to 200 Jewish orphans and went to an extermination camp with them during the Holocaust. 

Wikipedia:  Janusz Korczak

Yad Vashem:  Janusz Korczak

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Japanese War Orphans and their caretakers

Thousands of Japanese children who were abandoned in China after WWII survived by their own strength and the kindness of strangers, most of whom were poor rural farmers in NE China and Inner Mongolia, who helped them and took them in.

Wikipedia:  Japanese orphans in China

War Orphan Recounts Feeling of Abandonment

Forgotten Plight of Foster Parents

Japanese War Orphans in China

Japanese War Orphans and the Challenges of Repatriation