Friday, October 2, 2009

Marek Edelman (1922 – 2009), Last Leader of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Has Died

Marek Edelman
Marek Edelman, Warsaw University, 2005. Photographer: Mariusz Kubik

During World War II he was one of the founders of the Jewish Combat Organization (resistance movement, which was instrumental in engineering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising). He took part in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and became its leader following the death of Mordechaj Anielewicz. He also took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

After the war he remained in Poland and became a noted cardiologist. From the 1970s he collaborated with the Workers' Defence Committee and other political groups opposing the communist regime of Poland. A member of Solidarity, he took part in the Polish Round Table Talks of 1989. Following the peaceful transformations of 1989, he was a member of various centrist parties. He also authored books documenting the history of wartime resistance against the German occupation.

On 17 April 1998, Edelman was awarded Poland's highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle.

Source: Wikipedia (All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License)

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