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Anti-Zionist legacy of Warsaw Ghetto resistance fighter Marek Edelman


Publisher:  Daily Kos
Date Written:  16/10/2009
Year Published:  2009  
Resource Type:  Article

A look at the legacy Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, who despite his heroism was shunned by Israel and Zionist organizations because of his frequent criticism of Israelli policy.



The Oct. 2 [2009] passing of Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, has occasioned respectful but generally sanitized eulogies in the world Jewish press -- with few exceptions, neatly avoiding any mention of his anti-Zionist politics. An Oct. 6 remembrance in New York Jewish Week is typical in dodging the issue entirely.

Among the better accounts appeared Oct. 6 in the Jerusalem Post. It relates how Edelman was a member of the youth section of the Bund, or General Jewish Labor Union, which "merged Jewish left-wing political organizations on Polish soil." In the 1943 Uprising, he emerged as a Jewish Combat Organization commander. As the Uprising was crushed, he escaped the Ghetto (through the sewers, the JP fails to note) and joined with the Polish resistance, participating in the following year's general Warsaw Uprising - which was also brutally put down by the German occupation.

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