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February 3, 1969

Janusz Korczak

JAMA. 1969;207(5):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150180083030

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To the Editor:—  I have been interested in the life of Dr. Janusz Korczak. His devotion to humanity makes him a citizen of the world rather than a member of any single national or religious group.It is unfortunate that the help given to the Jews by the Poles was presented in a negative way. It must be remembered that it was more difficult to help the Jew in Poland than in any other occupied country since any help—even a glass of water—was punishable by death. Many more Polish Christians lost their lives in assisting their Jewish neighbors than did any other people in Europe. One need only check the material in the Yad Va'Shem Archives for the help given by the Polish Christians to their Jewish neighbors.I'm certain that limited space prevented Dr. Bloch from mentioning that Dr. Janusz Korczak was an officer in the Polish army and