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Greeting from Dieter Reiter

Greetings from Munich!

It was a historic step that did its tiny share in making the world a better place: 25 years ago the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was passed and ratified by almost all countries. One whose visions and actions paved the way for this Convention was Polish physician and educator Janusz Korczak. As early as 1920, he advocated unlimited respect for children’s personalities as a basis for any children’s right and, in doing so, anticipated the spirit of today’s basic rights charta. The fact that Janusz Korczak later stayed with his children at the Warsaw orphanage and even willingly accompanied them to certain death at the Treblinka death camp makes him and his mission a shining example of humanity for the ages. Numerous institutions and associations have named themselves after him and chosen the children’s rights activist and social reformer as their guide.

It is to this legacy of Korczak that the European Janusz Korczak Academy of Munich commits itself as well. Apart from humanitarian issues with regard to children’s and human rights in general, the educational institution that was established in 2009 also actively supports ideas and projects that deal with Jewish life in Munich, Bavaria and Germany. Its cultural programs, lectures, seminars, workshops and exhibitions encourage intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The city of Munich wholeheartedly appreciates the Academy’s work and regularly supports its projects. For instance, the annual “Janusz Korczak Days – Days of Children’s Rights” as well as, over a number of years, dozens of exhibitions of artists with a migration history and, most recently, the movie project Jung, Jüdisch, Bayerisch (“Young, Jewish, Bavarian”), the results of which were screened at Munich’s international documentary film festival.

These are all magnificent events with which the European Janusz Korczak Academy continuously promotes an equitable and peaceful coexistence – just like Janusz Korczak would have wanted. For that, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Academy!

Dieter Reiter
Mayor of the City of Munich