Friends of Children Society

Friends of Children Society – TPD (Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Dzieci): a care and educational society. It was founded in 1911 in Cracow by, among all, B. Bobrowska, a subsequent long-term president of the society. The organization provided orphanages, clinics, common rooms and schools. Before WWII, the society was active only in the Kraków region. Only in 1949, after merging with Workers’ TPD and Peasants’ TPD, did it become a nationwide organization. At present TPD has very wide scope of activity: it organizes educational establishments, psychological counselling service, rehabilitation clinics, common rooms, adoption centres, hospitals, centers of help for the disabled, it also conducts research on pedagogy.

The term was created within the framework of the project Zapisywanie świata żydowskiego w Polsce [recording the Jewish environment in Poland], whose author is Anka Grupińska, a well-known Polish journalist and writer, specializing in the modern history of the Polish Jews. The project, initiated in 2006 by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, consists in recording interviews with Polish Jews from all generations.
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