Marek Edelman

Marek Edelman


Marek Edelman

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Marek Edelman (, born 1919 in Homel or 1922 in Warsaw &ndash; October 2, 2009 in Warsaw)His exact birth date and birthplace are unknown. Some sources cite 1 January 1919 and the town of Homel, Poland, in what is now Belarus, while others cite 1922 and Warsaw.<!--this claim of "nobody knows for sure" needs a citation or 2 conflicting reliable-source citations as examples. --> was a Jewish-Polish political and social activist and cardiologist.

Before World War II, he was a General Jewish Labour Bund activist. During the war he co-founded the Jewish Combat Organization. He took part in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, becoming its leader after the death of Mordechaj Anielewicz. He also took part in the city-wide 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Before his death on 2 October 2009 Edelman was the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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 Poland's Communist regime. As 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 and...
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