Yitzhak Belper, the last of the orphans of Janush Korczak and a friend and mentor to Reut High School students over the years, passed away recently at the age of 98.
Belper, an artist and sculptor, was an apprentice in the Korczak and Stefania (Steppa) Vilcinska orphanage in Warsaw from the age of 7 to the age of 15. After the occupation of Poland by Germany, he fled to Russia, and later joined the Red Army.
In 1949, he came to Israel and turned his hobby in the orphanage – art – into a profession. He dedicated his life and creations to the commemoration of Korczak and Steppa: he wrote and illustrated the book ′′The Man Who Knew How To Love Children′′ and talked with many students and teens all over the country.
Many students and graduates of Reut School got to meet Yitzhak z”l and hear his stories and experiences at the school’s annual Korczak conference. His life story and personality conquered their hearts, and his legacy will live on in the Reut community.
May his memory be a blessing!