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6 May 1990 (Poland) See more »
Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wojciech Pszoniak ... Henryk Goldszmit vel Janusz Korczak
Ewa Dalkowska ... Stefania 'Stefa' Wilczynska
Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska ... Maryna Rogowska-Falska
Marzena Trybala ... Estera
Piotr Kozlowski ... Heniek
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Ichak Szulc
Jan Peszek ... Max Bauer
Aleksander Bardini ... Adam Czerniaków
Maria Chwalibóg ... Czerniaków's wife
Andrzej Kopiczynski ... Dyrektor w Polskim Radiu
Krystyna Zachwatowicz ... Szloma's mother
Jerzy Zass ... German wachman on the bridge
Wojciech Klata ... Szloma
Michal Staszczak ... Józek
Agnieszka Krukówna ... Ewka (as Agnieszka Kruk)
Karolina Czernicka ... Natka
Maria Weymayr
Anna Mucha ... Sabinka
Adam Siemion ... Abramek
Wojciech Radecki
Robert Atzorn ... German Doctor
Janusz Bukowski ... Polish doctor in prison
Stanislawa Celinska ... Sklepowa
Edgar Hoppe
Bernhard Howe
Ewa Telega ... Byla wychowanka Korczaka (as Ewa Isajewicz-Telega)
Piotr Kazimierski
Grzegorz Klein
Zygmunt Kestowicz ... Piotr Zalewski
Agnieszka Kumor
Olaf Lubaszenko ... Tramwajarz
Katarzyna Laniewska ... Pracownica w sierocincu Korczaka
Alicja Migulanka ... Washing woman
Wlodzimierz Press ... Zyd na ulicy getta
Jan Prochyra ... Gancwajch
Danuta Szaflarska ... Mrs. Bauer, Max's mother
Aniela Swiderska-Pawlik
Zbigniew Suszynski ... Student
Tomasz Traczynski
Jerzy Walczak (as Jan Walczak)
Maciej Winkler
Jacek Wójcicki ... Wychowanek Korczaka, bojowiec Bundu
Witold Bielinski ... German soldier
Stanislaw Brudny ... Polish man in prison
Jacek Domanski (as J. Domanski)
Tadeusz Hanusek
Hanna Kossowska (as H. Kossowska)
Grzegorz Pawlowski ... Korczak's assistant
Teresa Szmigielówna (as T. Szmigielówna)
Aleksander Trabczynski ... Gestapowiec kierujacy kreceniem filmu w getcie (as A. Trabczynski)
Rafal Walentynowicz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryszard Janikowski
Jerzy Kozlowski
Wojciech Skibinski ... Jewish policeman (uncredited)
Roman Szafranski ... Gosc w kawiarni (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agnieszka Holland 

Produced by
Wolfgang Hantke .... delegate producer
Janusz Morgenstern .... producer
Willi Segler .... producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... producer
Regina Ziegler .... producer
Original Music by
Wojciech Kilar 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Film Editing by
Ewa Smal 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
Art Direction by
Ewa Skoczkowska 
Set Decoration by
Magdalena Dipont 
Anna Kowarska 
Costume Design by
Wieslawa Starska 
Production Management
Christian Dressler .... assistant production manager
Ireneusz Kaznocha .... assistant production manager
Robert Lipinski .... production leader
Czeslawa Lukasiewicz .... assistant production manager
Halina Malek .... assistant production manager
Teresa Maleszewska .... production leader
Barbara Pec-Slesicka .... production manager
Konrad Piotrowski .... assistant production manager
Jaroslaw Pogorzelski .... assistant production manager
Marek Skladanowski .... production leader
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ami Drozd .... assistant director
Jerzy Gerlee .... assistant director
Krystyna Grochowicz .... second unit director
Wieslawa Klata .... assistant director
Andrzej Kotkowski .... assistant director
Malgorzata Lisak .... assistant director
Pawel Wierkowski .... second unit director
Sound Department
Krzysztof Jastrzab .... sound assistant
Boguslaw Nowak .... sound effects (as Bogdan Nowak)
Zbigniew Modej .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stanislaw Bilski .... assistant camera
Marek Modzelewski .... best boy
Jan Ossowski .... assistant camera
Roman Taborski .... assistant camera
Jakub Wdowicki .... assistant camera
Janusz Zachwajewski .... assistant camera
Music Department
Antoni Wit .... musical director
Other crew
Malgorzata Zdziarska .... production secretary

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3 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Maintaining human dignity, 28 August 2002
Author: Dmitri David Krasik from Boston, USA

The Doctor strikes one as a solid man - man of courage, unbreakable. Yet to the entreaty of the resistance movement, he says "I have no dignity. I have 200 children." What are we to think of his ultimate actions in walking his children into the death trains? Wajda seems to give these final actions an air of honor, and a dreamlike finale scene, but we must reflect what these children would suffer upon their peaceful entrance to those cars.

What is needful, above all else is to remain living. But living as human beings, not slaves, victims of sexual and sadistic perverts, cattle. Where do we see the dignity of the human spirit in this film? We see it in the doctor and in the resistance fighters, perhaps in some of the kids. All others are broken spirits, hollow remnants of humans. Anything is worthwhile if it will maintain man's humanity in such times. They should have sang, danced, created, or fought, killed, destroyed. In the resistance fighters that rush upon the scene so briefly, we see the sparkling eyes of men not bound by fear, free men. Korczak also remains free spiritually, refusing the armband, but we see that in his personal resistance he can only expect to be broken or killed by one of the many Germans that he'll encounter. He can expect to see his children hideously killed, and himself comforting them to no avail. Anything is good if it maintains the spirit. Perhaps training the children to fight would have been appropriate. Certainly no non-violent means of resistance are affective against the Nazi's. As Gandhi says, non-violent resistance does not work on machines and beasts. The Nazi's were machines.

It is tempting to condemn Korczak for his ultimate actions - thought it shows a pathetic tendency in him which runs throughout the film. He wants to give people a dignified death, to save children without sending the non-Jewish-looking one's to hide with Poles. Has he not shut himself to the truth - that truth which the escaped man yelled out on the streets before his death? "They are sending you to your death!" Korczak, the lover of children, leads them proudly to their cart. Had the resistance shot him as a conspirator and taken the children to be trained to fight, or disperse them to seek their own survival - would not this have been somehow better than aiding the Germans in a neat efficient murder of Jewish children?

**** 2010 Update **** Rereading this after so many years - I see the foolish strictness of my college years. No one can know, growing up in a peaceful luxurious time, the feelings of a man responsible for the lives of all those children. I give all respect and honor to Korczak, blessings on his name and memory for the torments endured and the good he did in his life.

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