Korczak: A Jewish Hero
anusz Korczak was described in a recent
story ("Not On Our Watch," May 2, page
14) as a non-Jewish children's advocate
and protector in Poland during the Holocaust.
In fact, not only was Janusz Korczak a Polish
Jew born as Henryk Goldszmit, he was a well-
known pediatrician, author and educator years
before the German occupation of Poland.
He introduced the first progressive orphanages
in Poland, which were run like communities
instead of institutions. He wrote books for chil-
dren and parents and dispensed advice on his
popular radio show as the "Old Doctor."
Korczak also spent a great deal of time in juve-
nile courts defending the rights of children.
When the Germans arrived to take the 200
children living in his Warsaw orphanage to the
Valerie Warner and Irina Yudovich hold their trophy
death camps in Treblinka, Korczak marched the
children through the main streets of the city,
holding the youngest by their hands, singing as
they walked with heads held high.
puter, Cunningham said, Warner and Yudovich have
Although he was offered several chances by his
always given an oral presentation for their solution.
many gentile friends and supporters to escape safely,
The win is the first by a North Farmington team
Korczak chose to stay with the children at the
DECA's career development conference.
expense of his own life.
— Alan Hitsky
Many memorials to Janusz Korczak exist today
throughout Europe, including several schools, hospi-
tals and streets that bear his name. His books on
children's rights laid the groundwork for the
ids Kicking Cancer, the innovative program
Declaration of Children's Rights adopted by the
that uses martial arts to help children fight
League of Nations in 1924. The Janusz Korczak
back at potentially fatal diseases, will be a
International Society in Poland hosts an annual edu-
major beneficiary of a charity benefit to be held at
cational conference each year to further his teach-
downtown Pontiac's Phoenix Center Plaza.
Known as "Carnival for Courage," the benefit
Newly published books and articles about this
place 6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 29, the first
Jewish hero, scholar and ardent children's advocate
Pontiac's newly created JAMbalaya Festival.
are appearing all the time, according to Dr. Stephen
Family activities include food, concerts and con-
Corrsin of West Bloomfield, who maintains an
cessions with a New Orleans theme, 25 carnival
extensive bibliography of Polish-Jewish history.
rides and a 30,000-square-foot interactive exhibit
"He had courage beyond courage, an incredible
man," said Erna Gorman of Bloomfield Hills, one of from the National Basketball Association.
An adults-only party will follow at Pontiac's Sevin
the founders of the Detroit branch of the Hidden
Club, located at 40 W. Pike St. The evening
funds for Kids Kicking Cancer and other
— Ronelle Grier
programs for children in local hospitals.
Founded by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, who has a
black belt in karate, KKC is a nonsectarian program
that teaches traditional karate moves, along with
wo seniors at North Farmington High
techniques of breathing, relaxation and visualization,
School, who have been a business competi-
to help alleviate acute and chronic pain. The classes,
tion team for three years, took top honors at
held at hospitals, .clinics and patients' homes, give
the international DECA conference in Florida two
a sense of control over what seem like over-
Valerie Warner and Irina Yudovich won first place
the Carnival of Courage, including
in the travel and tourism management decision-
food and drink rickets, start at $50
and may be purchased by mail, telephone,
The competition includes a 100-question multi-
ple-choice test on their category and general market- Ticketmaster or on the Web. Sponsorship packages
are also available. For more information on the May
ing. Then they confront a case problem related to
the travel industry. They have 30 minutes to devise a 29 event, or to purchase tickets, call (248) 203-
9991, or visit www.kidskickingcancer.net
solution and 20 minutes to present their solution to
To learn about the JAMbalaya Festival, which will
from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1,
North Farmington DECA coach Cathy
call (248) 334-4600, or visit
Cunningham said the two have qualified for the
he annual Yeshivas Darchei Torah Health
and Safety Expo is a time to check your
hearing and your posture — and to see if
your bike is in tiptop shape.
There will be fire engines and an ambulance to
explore, and Detroit Edison's 'Arcs and Sparks" will
present an electrifying show that explores the effects
of electric voltage on wet ropes, kite string, tree
branches and the human body.
It takes place noon-4 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at
the Darchei Torah campus, 21550 W. 12 Mile Road
As part of the expo, the school will offer a four-ses-
sion class for girls in babysitting and a Sunday after-
noon course in CPR, with separate sessions for men
and women. There will be a fee for these classes.
For class information and registration, call
Chanita Wiener at (248) 948-1080.
— Diana Lieberman
Israeli Business Forum
he U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S.
Commercial Service, presents "Exploring
Business Opportunities in Israel" 7:30 a.m.-
noon Thursday, May 22, featuring guest speaker
Michael Richardson, senior commercial officer at
the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Sponsored by the law firm of Miller, Canfield,
Paddock and Stone, PLC, the meeting will provide a
briefing on best export prospects in the Israeli mar-
ket and an opportunity to individually ask questions
and meet with Richardson.
Targeted to business leaders interested in interna-
tional markets, the free event will take place at
Miller Canfield's Troy office at 840 W. Long Lake
Road, Suite 200. To register, or for more informa-
tion, contact Eve Lerman, international trade spe-
cialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 975-9605.
—Keri Guten Cohen
xpresso Yourself: A Night of Zionist
Expression" will be held for teens 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, at Temple Kol Ami.
Sponsored by Zionist Advocacy Program (ZAP), a
burgeoning group of Zionist high school students
from the Detroit area, the event will feature a
Zionist arts competition, broken into song and
poetry, visual arts and photo-cinema categories.
The group will discuss Zionism, the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict, and further possible activities
the group can do.
"We felt that it was important to show kids that
there are means of advocacy that they might not
think of," said group organizer Chad Rockind of the
Agency for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Detroit.
"Rallies, letter writing, editorials ... all of those things
are effective and important, but the arts are often
overlooked as a means of advocating for a cause."
For more information, call Rockind at (248) 645-
7860 ext. 388.
— Harry Kirsbaum
Carnival For Courage
Three's A Charm
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— Diana Lieberman