February 25, 2019
Museum as Memorial
Recently, descendants of Janusz Korczak, the director of a Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto, dedicated a plaque in the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Sanctum of Remembrance in his memory.
Janusz Korczak was a Jewish educator, children’s author and paediatrician who devoted his life to the welfare of orphaned children. In August 1942, Korczak was rounded up with his staff and 200 children from the ghetto and deported to the Treblinka death camp. Korczak declined offers to spare his own life, and stayed with the orphans until the end.
Remembering the altruism and dedication of Korczak to the welfare of children in the Museum is a reminder of his life’s efforts and a way to memorialise the value placed on children’s lives.
Whilst the Museum is a living museum full of testimony from those who witnessed and survived the Holocaust, it also acts as a memorial space for those who were killed and a gathering place to learn and remember their history.
For more information on how to arrange a plaque in memory of a loved one of a victim of the Holocaust, click here.
Contributor: Rita Prager, Fundraising Manager