Marek Edelman, who while confined to the Warsaw ghetto fought the Nazis, has died. Reports the New York Times:
Marek Edelman, a cardiologist who was the last surviving commander of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Germans, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 90.
A friend, Paula Sawicka, told The Associated Press that Dr. Edelman had died “among friends, among his close people,” at her home, where he had lived for the past two years. For many years he lived in Lodz, Poland’s second largest city.
Dr. Edelman was one of a handful of young leaders who in April 1943 led a force of 220 poorly armed young Jewish men and women in a desperate and hopeless struggle against the Germans.
He was later persecuted by the communists, who launched their own anti-Semitic campaigns. He also worked with Solidarity, which helped bring down the Polish communist regime. May this hero who suffered so much battling totalitarianism rest in peace