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Itzchak Belfer: I have lived my entire life in his light! Through the intimate and authentic perspective of his student, we encounter Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician and adored teacher. In 1912, Korczak established a unique orphanage that is to this day a beacon for educators. There he gave children the freedom to develop and manage their talents. They learned about mutual Itzchak Belfer: I have lived my entire life in his light! Through the intimate and authentic perspective of his student, we encounter Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician and adored teacher. In 1912, Korczak established a unique orphanage that is to this day a beacon for educators. There he gave children the freedom to develop and manage their talents. They learned about mutual responsibility and caring and how to create a righteous human society. Korczak was murdered by the Nazis at the Treblinka Death Camp when he refused to abandon his children. I will never forget those times; this is a memorial volume The author, Itzchak Belfer, was raised and educated in Korczak's orphanage. We read of his flight from the Nazis through the Polish forests to Russia to become the only survivor in his large family and his attempt to immigrate to Israel, only to be waylaid in a Cypress deportation camp, where he studied art. Then of his renewed life in Israel, where his art commemorates Janusz Korczak, the Holocaust, and the family he lost. Scroll up now to get your copy of White House in a Gray City!


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Itzchak Belfer: I have lived my entire life in his light! Through the intimate and authentic perspective of his student, we encounter Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician and adored teacher. In 1912, Korczak established a unique orphanage that is to this day a beacon for educators. There he gave children the freedom to develop and manage their talents. They learned about mutual Itzchak Belfer: I have lived my entire life in his light! Through the intimate and authentic perspective of his student, we encounter Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician and adored teacher. In 1912, Korczak established a unique orphanage that is to this day a beacon for educators. There he gave children the freedom to develop and manage their talents. They learned about mutual responsibility and caring and how to create a righteous human society. Korczak was murdered by the Nazis at the Treblinka Death Camp when he refused to abandon his children. I will never forget those times; this is a memorial volume The author, Itzchak Belfer, was raised and educated in Korczak's orphanage. We read of his flight from the Nazis through the Polish forests to Russia to become the only survivor in his large family and his attempt to immigrate to Israel, only to be waylaid in a Cypress deportation camp, where he studied art. Then of his renewed life in Israel, where his art commemorates Janusz Korczak, the Holocaust, and the family he lost. Scroll up now to get your copy of White House in a Gray City!

30 review for White House in a Gray City: A Memoir of an Orphan Jewish Boy Who Survived The Holocaust (WW2 True Story)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Judy McCarver

    Horrors of WWII Warsaw and the triumph of a survivor. This author escaped the Warsaw Ghetto to Russia and clawed his way thorough hard labor, abuse, antisemitism, in the years to follow. He returned to Warsaw following the war to find that literally his entire family, grandparents, parents; siblings and baby nieces along with his beloved orphanage director teacher/doctor Dr. Korczak, Ms Stefa and the children of the orphanage-all of them had been completely erased by the nazis. He then attempted Horrors of WWII Warsaw and the triumph of a survivor. This author escaped the Warsaw Ghetto to Russia and clawed his way thorough hard labor, abuse, antisemitism, in the years to follow. He returned to Warsaw following the war to find that literally his entire family, grandparents, parents; siblings and baby nieces along with his beloved orphanage director teacher/doctor Dr. Korczak, Ms Stefa and the children of the orphanage-all of them had been completely erased by the nazis. He then attempted to immigrate to Israel illegally but his ship was captured by the British who imprisoned the immigrants for several years before they finally made it to Israel. He is an artist, painting pictures and making sculptures of the holocaust and he devoted his life to sharing the stories of his family and his beloved Dr. Korczak. It is a very moving story and once again a poignant reminder of the tragic consequences of evil that flourished in WWII but also the perseverance and triumph of the survivors who later courageously told their stories and the stories of the ones they loved and lost.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I had heard of Janus Korczak before reading this book, so it was really interesting to read about the experience of a boy who had been raised in his orphanage from the age of seven. The author, Mr. Belfer, had come of age to leave the orphanage by the time the orphanage had been moved to the ghetto, and later its occupants taken to death camps, so his story veers from theirs. However, the love, respect, and admiration he holds for Dr. Korczak is evident, and from his descriptions of the man and I had heard of Janus Korczak before reading this book, so it was really interesting to read about the experience of a boy who had been raised in his orphanage from the age of seven. The author, Mr. Belfer, had come of age to leave the orphanage by the time the orphanage had been moved to the ghetto, and later its occupants taken to death camps, so his story veers from theirs. However, the love, respect, and admiration he holds for Dr. Korczak is evident, and from his descriptions of the man and of the ideal life in the orphanage, that high esteem is well deserved. Belfer’s experience during the war is unusual. He was able to leave and find employment in Russia, then in Turkey. This doesn’t mean he was without hardship. Living conditions in these places still left him and various companions struggling for survival, whether because of extreme weather or lack of food. At the end of the war, Belfer returned to Poland only to find that no one he loved had survived, and he had to find his way in the world alone. Many memoirs of this time period end when the war ends, with only an afterword or author’s note to give information beyond that, but Belfer details making aliyah and his new life in Israel, his professional life and work as an artist, and his family. The book includes many examples of Belfer’s art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Maddix

    White aHouse in a Gray City I really enjoyed this book. It was sad but I liked his good attitude throughout the book. I liked that for all his hardship and struggles that he was able to appreciate the good things that happened. I also liked that he was able creat a happy life for himself through his art and family.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Medley

    Compelling It always amazes me to read stories of survival in the most horrid circumstances and yet for them to become productive citizens. I think this story lost much of its intensity when translated.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Moller

    An interesting perspective This was an interesting and unique perspective on the holocaust. His experiences before And after the war were an eye opener for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    sabrina briggs

    Good read Flowed well. Very interesting. Contained alot of personal information that made it an more intimate and stimulating adventure into a terrible part of history.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela S Waddell

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