Film screening in the Jewish Museum, in memory of Janusz Korczak.

Tuesday 6 November 2012, 4:00 pm


1075 Budapest, Dohány u. 2.

Organisers: Polish Institute and Jewish Museum in Budapest.

Program: Welcome speech: dr. Szilvia Peremiczky, Director of the Jewish Museum

Lectures: Dr. László Sommer (Jewish University in Budapest) and Dr. Mónika Kovács, (ELTE University).

In the face of prevailing terror in the Warsaw ghetto, with tireless commitment and an unshakable spirit, Janusz Korczak continues to educate and mentor his students for life at the House of Orphans. Based on Korczak's The Ghetto Diary in 1990 Andrzej Wajda directs a biographical picture hailed by Spielberg as "one of the most important European pictures about the Holocaust.

Andrzej Wajda’s film is a study of the great Polish-Jewish pedagogue’s life and work from service in the 1905 Russo-Japanese war to death in Treblinka. A black and white production, the film contains scenes with archival footage of the Warsaw ghetto shot by German photographers. With a screenplay written by Agnieszka Holland, a musical score composed by Wojciech Kilar, and the lead role played by eminent Polish actor Wojtek Pszoniak, according to Wajda, the film "was a rare chance to illuminate the dark corners of the Polish-Jewish relationship". Wajda and Holland based the story of the film on the testimony of the great pedagogue, written during the time he spent in the Warsaw Ghetto. It is the last work by Janusz Korczak, written as he struggled for survival - his own as well as that of the children who lived with him in the Ghetto.