Israel Gutman, Warsaw Ghetto Fighter and Historian, Dies at 90
Israel Gutman, Israel’s most prominent survivor historian, died in Jerusalem on October 1.
A native of Warsaw, Gutman was only a teenager when the Germans invaded his Poland. His parents and his older sister died in the Warsaw ghetto; his younger sister was part of the famed Janusz Korczak orphanage, led by the charismatic pediatrician educator who was the Mister Rogers and Dr. Benjamin Spock of Poland. From Korczak, Gutman learned that courage took many forms in the ghetto; he never forgot that spiritual resistance was of great importance.