Matt is ten when he becomes king. War is declared and he manages to bring peace through his good nature and compassion.
A uniquely stirring book, highly recommended for elementary school children. I hope that Itzchak will continue to fulfill his legacy for many years to come, expressing his love of man and his joy of life. Gali Melovech, Educator at "Tzofit" We are happy to have touched upon a piece of history that will accompany us for many years to come. Fifth grade students at Naomi Shemer School, Tel Aviv. I heartily recommend this special book, a touching, personal work that helps to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. It would be a shame to miss it.... Zafer Zidar Director of Events, Beit Berl Academic College From the Author "I was one of several hundred orphans who grew up with this wonderful man, a man who loved children and understood them as no one ever had. Very soon, there will be no one left in the world who knew him as a child. There will be no one to remember and tell his story." (The concluding sentences of The Man Who Knew Children by Itzchak Belfer/ Yanuka Publishing)
Itzchak Belfer was born in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in the orphanage managed by Dr. Janusz Korczak, and was the only survivor of a large extended family wiped out in the Holocaust. At the age of seventeen, Belfer left his dear ones in the ghetto on a journey of survival. On his return to Warsaw he realized, standing in the ruins of the ghetto, that his home was in the Land of Israel, and he decided to immigrate there. Belfer’s immigration attempt landed him in the British detention camp in Cyprus. It was there that he studied sculpture under Zeev Ben-Tzvi and was captivated by the magic of art and sculpture. He finally fulfilled his dream of living in Israel. After serving in the Israeli army, he studied art at the Avni Institute of Art and Design. He has since instructed generations of young artists and has channeled his artistic talents, already obvious during his orphanage years, to commemorating Dr. Janusz Korczak’s work and the memory of his murdered family and the Holocaust.