Remembering Marek Edelman

We mourn the death of Marek Edelman, not as a symbol or as a commander — though he was both — but as the man who directly helped some of us when we were children and teenagers to survive and escape from the Warsaw Ghetto. Marek located hiding places and gave us hope. In the worst of times, he never forgot us and showed us gentle kindness and warmth under terrifying circumstances. Even after the war, Marek kept in touch with the children of fallen comrades, made sure that they and their parents’ were not forgotten. Those of us who first heard of or met him here in the United States were inspired by his dedication to the living as much as his dedication to the past and the dead. Marek remained a vibrant embodiment of the Bund and its ideals and ethics. For all of us, Marek’s death is not unlike the loss of a parent, a childhood best friend, someone who understood all too well what Jews succumbed to and survived. We will always remember Marek with deepest love.

  • Jean Alter
  • Nelly Blit and Karol Dunkel
  • Włodka Blit Robertson
  • Irene Dunkel
  • Francine Dunkel
  • Henry Erlich
  • Mark Erlich
  • Miriam Erlich
  • Nelly Furman
  • Gabryś Fryszdorf
  • Ettie and Abe Goldwasser
  • Jack Jacobs
  • Vivian Kahan
  • Irena Klepfisz
  • Róźka “Lodzia” Klepfisz
  • Salek Kryształ
  • Myra Leysorek
  • Władka Peltel Meed
  • Steven and Rita Meed
  • Siwka Mendelsund
  • Maius Nowogródzki
  • Avram Patt
  • Rebecca Patt
  • Karen Shatzkin
  • Mike Shatzkin
  • Karen and Nance Shatzkin
  • Bronek Spiegel
  • Julius Spiegel
  • Krysia Złotowska Starker
  • Lutek Svedosh
  • Fela and Włodek Szer
  • Ania Warman
  • Jerzy Warman
  • Aline and Szlamek Zelmanowicz
  • Motl Zelmanowicz