Sunday, October 04, 2009

Israel mourns last Warsaw ghetto uprising commander

From AFP, 4/10/09:

JERUSALEM — Israel on Saturday expressed its condolences over the death of the last commander of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against Nazi Germany during World War II.

Mark Edelman, who died in Warsaw on Friday aged 90, "gained respect in Poland, Israel and the entire world as a most important moral voice for the memory of the Holocaust," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The Jewish people and the state of Israel mourn the death of Edelman, one of the commanders of the heroic uprising carried out by the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis, an uprising that saved human dignity during the dark days of the Holocaust," it said.

...When uprising commander Mordechaj Anielewicz died, Edelman took over command during the final days of fighting...
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