The Good Doctor of Warsaw Review

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Today I have a Review of The Good Doctor of Warsaw

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The Good Doctor of Warsaw

By Elizabeth Gifford

Set in the ghettos of wartime Warsaw, this is a sweeping, poignant, and heartbreaking novel inspired by the true story of one doctor who was determined to protect two hundred Jewish orphans from extermination.

Deeply in love and about to marry, students Misha and Sophia flee a Warsaw under Nazi occupation for a chance at freedom. Forced to return to the Warsaw ghetto, they help Misha’s mentor, Dr Janusz Korczak, care for the two hundred children in his orphanage. As Korczak struggles to uphold the rights of even the smallest child in the face of unimaginable conditions, he becomes a beacon of hope for the thousands who live behind the walls.

As the noose tightens around the ghetto, Misha and Sophia are torn from one another, forcing them to face their worst fears alone. They can only hope to find each other again one day . . .

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a parsonage. She writes for The London Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She lives in Kingston upon Thames in England.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers


A gripping emotional book set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

A young couple Misch and Sophie meet at lecture being given by the respected and renowned Dr Janusz Korczak. Seen through their eyes, Elisabeth Gifford has based this heart wrenching story on true and actual events inspired by the Polish communities that suffered the affects of the Nazi occupation during World War Two.

A moving novel, that has been meticulously researched Misha and Sophia’s true love story comes to life. Dr Korczak, the humanitarian child psychologist and advocate for children. Passionate both Sophia and Misha find themselves working for the great doctor. Eventually there relationship deepens and the two become engaged. The war is weighing down and hitter moves to take Poland. Thinking it will be like the first war with Germany occupying Poland, no one is prepared for what happens next

Elisabeth Gifford brings the past to life, and those that were affiliated with Dr Korczak. The doctor was famous for his humanitarian work with children, a child psychologist and renowned writer. This is a exceptional book written so we the reader feel the struggles and heartbreak of the people coming together to take care of children. In 1940, German created the Warsaw Ghetto, the doctors orphanage was relocated The storyline is all consuming and writing flows as you are pulled into Misha and Sophia take as it unfolds. The city of Warsaw and its people see some of the most brutality besides those sent to the death camps. This is a heroic tale of the people who cared for so many, the children and that of Warsaw it’s self.

Dr Korczak went with the children even though he had repeatedly been offered shelter on the “Aryan side”. He always refused these.

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