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Literature - remembrance of writer Jansusz Korczak and with music - sonata movements and free pieces from the Baroque and other epochs.

In the series Literature and Music we want to remember this time the doctor, educator and writer Jansusz Korczak. On August 5, 1942, 80 years ago, he and his colleague Stefania Wilczynska accompanied the 200 orphans of the Jewish children's home in the Warsaw Ghetto to the so-called Umschlagplatz. From there the trains went to the death camp of Treblinka. In 1972, 50 years ago, Korczak was posthumously awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

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"He was not only an important theorist of peace education, but he himself exemplarily realized what he taught in his children's books. At a time when efforts to promote peace are increasingly recognized not only as a political problem but as a human-educational mission, we honor in Janusz Korczak the great educator who recognized early on what we all must learn:

"That the duty to peace is to be laid even in the child."  This was said in 1972 by Gerd Mahr in his speech about the laureate Janusz Korczak, who has gained recognition and admiration beyond the borders of Poland all over the world.

We want to pay tribute to the life and work of Korczak and his colleague Stefania Wilczynska with excerpts from various texts. Especially the merits of Stefania Wilczynska, who was affectionately and respectfully called Mrs. Stefa by everyone, deserve more attention. She was and still is in the shadow of the "old doctor", who was an institution in the Poland of that time with his children's books and radio chats ("The old doctor tells").

Between the readings, sonatas and free pieces from the Baroque and other epochs will be heard.  At the organ: Elisabeth Haberland, at the flute: Ellen Pabel Text selection and lecture: Alfred Cybulska

As always, admission is free. After the event a donation is requested. Thank you very much!

(Program in German)
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