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Jewish resistance leader, Marek Edelman, dies

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Jewish resistance leader, Marek Edelman, dies


Tributes are flooding in, after the death of Marek Edelman.

He was the last surviving leader of Jewish groups who fought against the Nazis, when they tried to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto. About 350,000 people were locked in the Ghetto when it was built to isolate the city’s Jewish population. Few survived its liquidation during World War II. Most were killed or shipped to concentration camps. Despite anti-Semitic policies in Poland after the war, Edelman never left his homeland. But he joined the Solidarity movement that helped topple the communist regime. President of Jewish communities in Poland, Piotr Kadlcik said: “He lived his life very well. He helped everyone, Poland, Jews, his patients.” Henryk Wujec, a former opposition activist during communist regime, said: “For me, for my generation, he was an example of a brave, humanitarian and independent spirit. He never listened to the authorities. He listened to his conscience.” Marek Edelman is survived by his two children, Aleksander and Anna. His wife, also a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, died a year ago.

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