Polish-Jewish doctor and educator Janusz Korczak was famous throughout Europe as director of the Warsaw Ghetto orphanage and an advocate for children’s rights. Despite offers of sanctuary, he chose to accompany his orphans to the gas chambers of Treblinka. This long-heralded hero is brought to life in Jim Shepard’s new novel, “The Book of Aron” (Alfred A. Knopf). Shepard, a National Book Award finalist, presents Korczak as an all-too-human figure who wrestled with his own demons and fought to retain his morality.
Why are so many Holocaust books written as novels? What’s wrong with writing the true story of Janusz Korczak?
The article about the new book ends with this quote:
Shepard’s children lie, cheat, steal and betray in order to stay alive. When Zofia tells her friends, “There’s not one good Jew among us,” Boris replies, “The good Jews buy what we bring in.” It’s a cynical sentiment, but cynicism can be a tool for survival as well.
Did you catch that? The Jewish children in the book “lie, cheat, steal and betray.” This sounds like something that a Nazi would say.
What is the proof that these children were gassed at Treblinka? I wrote this previous blog post about Treblinka: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/the-year-of-janusz-korczak-a-polish-hero-who-accompanied-orphans-to-the-treblinka-death-camp/
and also this blog post about the trains that traveled West to Treblinka: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/the-trains-that-traveled-west-to-treblinka/