DVD - 2012 | Polish
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The film opens in the late 1930s with pediatrician, writer, teacher, and radio personality Korczak working as the administrator of an orphanage in the slums of Warsaw. When the Nazis invade Poland, they move Korczak and his Jewish charges into the ghetto, and begin shipping cattle cars full of adult Jews to Treblinka. The doctor does everything in his power to try to protect the children from the uglier aspects of the ominous quarantine.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Classics, [2012]
Branch Call Number: POLISH DVD KORCZAK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In Polish, with optional subtitles in English


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voisjoe1 Jul 26, 2014

Wajda, famous for his WWII trilogy films A Generation, Kanal, and Ashes and Diamonds followed it some 30 years later with another WWII film, Korczak. Based upon a Polish, Jewish doctor who ran a Warsaw Ghetto orphanage, this 1990 film was shot in black and white, perhaps to resemble the black and white newsreels that exposed the Nazi Holocaust atrocities to the world once the Nazi's were defeated. Or maybe Wajda wanted to portray Korczak as just a simple, Polish hero who gave his life for his children. The film’s last scene is how we wished the story could have ended, but sadly this was not going to happen in Nazi-land.


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