Marek Eldelman Death Reminds Humanity Why We Resist

October 5, 2009 by Eric Ward · Comment
Filed under: International, News 

I first grieved when friends in Poland informed me of the passing of Marek Eldelman on Friday, October 3rd. Marek was one of the last known leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance. From 1939 well into 1943, Marek and others fought against the eventual successful attempt by Nazis to liquidate the Jewish community that resided in Warsaw, including those who had been forcibly relocated.

Struggling as the population of the Warsaw Ghetto was reduced from half a million to less than 60,000, Marek and over two hundred others did what many European nations could not—for three weeks in April 1943; they physically defied the Nazi movement and its goal of genocide against the Jewish population. After surviving the battle, Marek took part in the Warsaw City Uprising. He explained his participation in the armed actions by telling the Associated Press in 2008 that “When you cannot defend freedom through peaceful means, you have to use arms to fight Nazism, dictatorship, chauvinism.”

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