The Teacher of Warsaw
by Mario Escobar
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 07 Jul 2022
For fans of The Warsaw Orphan and The Tattooist of Auschwitz: the start of WWII changed everything in Poland irrevocably—except for one man’s capacity to love.
September 1, 1939. Sixty-year-old Janusz Korczak and the students and teachers at his Dom Sierot Jewish orphanage are outside enjoying a beautiful day in Warsaw. Hours later, their lives are altered forever when the Nazis invade. Suddenly treated as an outcast in his own city, Janusz—a respected leader known for his heroism and teaching—is determined to do whatever it takes to protect the children from the horrors to come.
When over four hundred thousand Jewish people are rounded up and forced to live in the 1.3-square-mile walled compound of the Warsaw ghetto, Janusz and his friends take drastic measures to shield the children from disease and starvation. With dignity and courage, the teachers and students of Dom Sierot create their own tiny army of love and bravely prepare to march toward the future—whatever it may hold.
Unforgettable, devastating, and inspired by a real-life hero of the Holocaust, The Teacher of Warsaw reminds the world that one single person can incite meaning, hope, and love.
Praise for The Teacher of Warsaw:
“Through meticulous research and with wisdom and care, Mario Escobar brings to life a heartbreaking story of love and extraordinary courage. I want everyone I know to read this book.” —Kelly Rimmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Warsaw Orphan
“A beautifully written, deeply emotional story of hope, love, and courage in the face of unspeakable horrors. That such self-sacrifice, dedication and goodness existed restores faith in humankind. Escobar's heart-rending yet uplifting tale is made all the more poignant by its authenticity. Bravo!” —Tea Cooper, award-winning and bestselling author of The Cartographer’s Secret
- World War II historical fiction inspired by true events
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs, a historical timeline, and notes from the author
- Book length: 83,000 words
- Also by author: Auschwitz Lullaby, Children of the Stars, Remember Me, The Librarian of Saint-Malo
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Average rating from 165 members
A beautiful, touching story that stands out among the many books on the subject of World War II that I have read so far.
Beautifully written, informative, full of interesting historical facts and tragic human stories that are so easy to identify with.
Strong characters and excellent constuction of the plot. Definitely recommended.
Unbelievable book! I am a big fan of Escobar, and I appreciate the way he writes such gripping historical fiction books. I know his books are so important, as he presents aspects of history we must learn from and never forget. This story was unbelievably moving, and in typical Escobar fashion, I was underlining so many of his memorable quotes. Thank you for the opportunity to read and to review this!