There will be a children's program and an exhibit/reception for all ages at the Library on Sunday, April 27 commemorating "Holocaust Remembrance Day" and Janusz Korczak. Korczak was an educator who was sent to the Treblinka extermination camp, during the Grossaktion Warsaw of 1942. See below.
Written by Pavel Friedman while incarcerated at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, this poem, The Butterfly inspired the Butterfly project of the Holocaust Museum Houston, an exhibition where 1.5 million paper butterflies were created to symbolize the same number of children that perished in the Holocaust. Finkelstein Memorial Library will be making butterflies during children's craft and story times to be shared in memory of Janusz Korczak (see below). Further information may be obtained from the Children's department.
There will be a short film, an art display, and a reading of a short story. Kosher refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the first floor meeting room.
To register please call: Mariola Strahlberg at (845)425-7243
Educator Mariola Strahlberg shares her collection of posters about Janusz Korczak (Henryk Goldszmit 1879-1942), Holocaust hero, children's author, pediatrician and educator, who was an advocate of children's rights and introduced a form of democratic education to the world from 1912-1942. He is well known in Europe and many schools, orphanages and camps throughout the world are modeled on his principles today.
After spending many years working as director of an orphanage in Warsaw, Korczak refused freedom and stayed with his orphans when the institution was sent from the Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp, during the Grossaktion Warsaw of 1942.
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