A street named after Janusz Korczak has appeared in Kyiv.
Janusz Korczak, whose real name was Henryk Goldzsmit, was also known as Mr. Doctor or the Old Doctor. A Polish Jew, he said throughout his life about him belonging to both those nations.
In his own words, he was “a doctor by training, a pedagogue by chance, a writer by passion, and a psychologist by necessity”. A man who became a legend even during his lifetime, a classic of children’s literature, an innovative pedagogue and a pioneer of activities on children’s right protection and the fight for equal rights for children. He claimed that children had the right to be themselves, the right to be respected, to make mistakes, to express their thoughts. He died in 1942 in Treblinka Nazi extermination camp together with the children from his orphanage.
There is a reason for naming the street after Korczak: during the World War I Janusz Korczak stayed in Ukraine, particularly in Kyiv, where he worked on a fundamental pedagogic work “How to love a child” (1918).
Together with the Ukrainian Korczak Society we organize the Korczak Street Holiday with children literary readings, sport events, musical concert etc.
Organizers: Ukrainian Korczak Society, Polish Institute in Kyiv
Secondary School №163 / Janusz Korczak st., 30 / Admission is free