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Igor Newerly

Born: Mar 24, 1903

Death: Oct 19, 1987

Birthplace: Podlaskie Voivodeship

Nationality: Poland

Igor Newerly

Date of Birth : Mar 24, 1903
Date of Death : Oct 19, 1987
Birth Place : Podlaskie Voivodeship

Igor Newerly or Igor Abramow-Newerly was a Polish novelist and educator. He was born into a Russian-Polish family. His son is Polish novelist Jaroslaw Abramow-Newerly. His grandfather Jozef Newerly, was a Czech national, who held a title of ?????? to the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Igor Newerly lost one leg as a child. He studied law at Kiev University but he was relegated for political reasons, arrested and sent to Odessa. In 1924 he emigrated illegally to the newly independent Poland and was active in the field of pedagogy in Warsaw. He worked together with the renowned educator Janusz Korczak, and in 1926 became his secretary. From 1932 to 1939 Newerly worked for Maly Przeglad. He married Barbara Jarecka. Under the Nazi German occupation of Poland Newerly was a member of the Polish resistance. He helped Janusz Korczak at his Orphanage and saved his diary of martyrdom. He also hid from Nazi persecution several of his Jewish colleagues from Nasz Przeglad daily – among them Kuba Hersztein – and transported Lejzor Czarnobroda to Warsaw after he escaped from the train to Treblinka and broke his leg.

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