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Janusz Korczak Association of the USA
December 27, 2019

How did Korczak and his children
celebrate Chanukah in the Orphans' Home?

Here is a Facebook post from Roman Wroblewski from Sweden. His father, Misha Wasserman Wroblewski, worked as a teacher in the orphanage from September 1st, 1931 till August 5th, 1942, the day entire orphanage was deported to Treblinka. He was the only person who escaped the deportation.

"In 2019, Chanukah begins at Sundown on Sunday, December 22nd. We celebrate Chanukah like at Korczak's Dom Sierot by lighting the menorah, each night we light one additional candle.

Jewish holiday observances – including High Holiday services and Chanukah and Purim celebrations – were a natural part of life at Dom Sierot. Korczak offered the children the opportunity to study Hebrew and the siddur and set aside the room at the orphanage specifically for Jewish prayer where, if a child was saying kaddish, Korczak was known to don a yarmulke and recite the prayer along with him."

May the Chanukah lights bring warmth to your hearts so that you can spread it among family, friends and the entire world.
Mariola Strahlberg
for the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA
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