Holocaust Survivor and Korczak orphan to visit Jewish Museum, Camden for HMD
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Posted: January 11 2007


11 January 2007 (Jewswire.com) - In recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January 2007), the Jewish Museum, Camden Town is planning a special programme and visit to tie into the current exhibition Champion of the Child – Janusz Korczak, on show until April 8, 2007.

Champion of the Child - Janusz Korczak tells the moving and inspiring story of Janusz Korczak (1879 -1942), a Polish Jewish doctor, educator and renowned author, and one of the world's first advocates of children's rights, who devoted his life to the needs of children, regardless of nationality or religion. The exhibition tracks his rise to status of Polish National hero and highlights his courage as director of a Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto, from where he went to his untimely death in the concentration camps. The UNESCO Year of the Child in 1979 was named "Janusz Korczak Year" to mark the centenary of his birth and the UN Convention on Children's Rights drew substantially on his writings. While Korczak is a world-renowned figure, he is not yet well known in the UK, and it is our hope that this exhibition will increase awareness of this remarkable and inspirational figure and his legacy in the fields of education and children’s rights.

The exhibition includes artwork by the survivor Itzchak Belfer (b.1923), an Israeli artist who was raised in Korczak’s Warsaw orphanage. In 1939, he managed to courageously escape Poland and fled through the forests to Russia, ultimately settling in Israel where he studied and now teaches painting. Belfer’s artwork focuses on his time spent with Korczak and the other orphans (see attached image board for examples of his drawings and paitings.)

Itzchak Belfer will be in London from 22 – 27 January, 2007 and is available for interviews about his story of survival.

While visiting the Jewish Museum, Belfer will be participating in a special program of events and working with school and adult groups, sharing his firsthand experiences of life in Korczak’s orphanage. There will a unique opportunity to meet the artist at two public events:

Tuesday 23 January, 7pm

Empowering the Child – Janusz Korczak’s educational philosophy

“If you want to reform the world – you must reform education.” Janusz Korczak, from the novel ‘Street Children’.

A workshop for teachers and educators exploring Korczak’s innovative approach to education. Led by Avi Tzur, Israeli Ministry of Education and Itzchak Belfer.

*Free for teachers

Wednesday 24 January, 7pm

Living in the Warsaw Ghetto: Reflections of Survivors 60 Years On

A special talk for Holocaust Memorial Day Janina Bauman, author of Beyond These Walls, on her experiences in the Warsaw ghetto. Artist Itzchak Belfer will speak on his personal experiences in Janusz Korczak’s orphanage. The event will be chaired by Professor Zygmund Bauman, emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds.

Admission: £5 (students and Museum Friends £4), including admission to the exhibition and Museum galleries from 6pm. Advance booking recommended. 020 7284 1997 www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Dina Wosner

Marketing and PR

The Jewish Museum

Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street

London NW1 7NB

Tel: 020 7284 1997 / Fax: 020 7267 9008

Email: marketing@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Website: www.jewishmuseum.org.uk


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