UNESCO named him “Man of the Year”, is unknown hero outside of Poland, his story should be shared and be an insight of human kindness.
Janusz introduced progressive orphanages designed as just communities into Poland, founded the first national children´s newspaper, trained teachers in what we now call moral education, and worked in juvenile courts defending children’s rights. Also he was a famous children’s author writing fiction and pedagogy.
The orphanage and staff was forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, Janusz had been offered sanctuary on the “Aryan side” but turned it down and moved into the Ghetto with the children. In 1942 German soldiers came to collect the 192 orphans staff to transport them to Treblinka extermination camp, again Janusz refused offers of sanctuary, insisting that he would go with the children.
There is no actual record of what happens once they reach Treblinka, one thing we do know is that Januaz and the staffed would of stayed with the children until the very end.
“He told the orphans they were going out into the country, so they ought to be cheerful, he told them to wear their best clothes, and so they came out into the yard, two by two, nicely dressed and in a happy mood. The little column was led by an SS man…….