This lecture in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day will examine the life and contributions of Dr. Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit, a famed Polish author and public intellectual, paying particular attention to his position as head of a new Jewish orphanage in Warsaw and his final months in the Warsaw Ghetto. Professor Dobkowski will explore how Korczak’s groundbreaking views on the rights of children and his unique approaches to raising children faced their final test in the Warsaw Ghetto.
This presentation is part of a series of events planned by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed each year on January 27. A lunch lecture with Professor Dobkowski is also planned on campus the following day at 12:30 p.m.
This event is open to all in the South Bend, Notre Dame, and surrounding communities. Please RSVP through the Jewish Federation site if you plan to attend.
About the speaker
Michael N. Dobkowski is professor of religious studies and chair of Holocaust studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He currently occupies the John Milton Potter Chair in the Humanities. His main areas of interest include the American Jewish experience, Holocaust studies, antisemitism, and contemporary Jewish thought. He is the author or editor of over ten books, including The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America, Jewish American Voluntary Organizations, The Coming Age of Scarcity, and Genocide in the Modern Age. Since 2002, he has led eight study trips to Germany and Poland for HWS students and alumni.
Originally published at nanovic.nd.edu.