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The Children's Republic
By (author): Hannah Moscovitch Foreword by: Stephanie Levitz Afterword by: Amanda West Lewis
9780369101457 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Women Authors Jun 01, 2021
$17.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.37 x 8.38 x 0.34 in | 1 gr 144 pages Playwrights Canada Press

Confined within the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto, Dr. Janusz Korczak struggles to protect the children at his orphanage from the horrors of the Second World War. There is not enough food or pairs of eyes to keep watch over them. Between a troublemaking thief, an abandoned girl, a malnourished boy, and a violin prodigy, Janusz has his hands full, but together they fight for beauty and hope in a world crumbling around them.

Based on the WWII advocacy work of Dr. Janusz Korczak, The Children’s Republic is a reminder of the hope that can still be found in a world devoid of freedom and the necessities of life.

  • Janusz’s diary from this time was published in 1958.
  • Janusz, thirteen staff members, and 200 children were taken to the Treblinka extermination camp in August 1942. None survived.

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, TV writer, and librettist whose work has been widely produced in Canada and around the world. Recent stage work includes Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes and Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (co-created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan). Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She has been nominated for the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Drama Desk Award, Canada’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. She lives in Halifax.

Amanda West Lewis has built a life filled with words on the page and on the stage, combining careers as a writer, theatre director, and calligrapher. She is the artistic director and founder of the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, a company dedicated to enriching young lives through drama. Amanda holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, with a specialist certificate in writing picture books. Her published work includes seven books for children and youth ranging from historical YA fiction to craft and picture books. A professional calligrapher, her work has been featured in international shows and she has taught the history of letterform throughout Ontario. She is passionate about the importance of arts education for all ages. You can find more about Amanda at, on Facebook at @amandawest.lewis, and on Twitter at @AmandaWestLewis.

“Hannah Moscovitch has found a fresh window into one of the most extensively documented horrors of the Second World War.” - J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

“Moscovitch’s truthful and nuanced dialogue tells the story of The Children’s Republic with great dexterity and heart, creating characters so palpably real it’s all you can do to not leap out of your chair and try to save them.” - Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World

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