|Death: ||May 8, 1943|
World War II Resistance Fighter. Born in Poland in 1919, he is remembered to this day for his heroic legacy of bravery and resistance in the face of evil. Though young, he was one of the leading forces in the Warsaw Ghetto, serving as the publisher of the Ghetto's newspaper, "Against the Stream" and, in the role he's best remembered, the commander and leader of the ZOB, the Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa (Jewish Fighting Organisation), They staged their famous uprising on April 18, 1943, repelling the Nazis who had entered the Ghetto on the first day of the holiday of Pesach, in search of more victims. He and his followers (including other young people such as Arie Wilner and Lolek Rotblatt) held out longer than any of the other nations of Europe had, a ragtag Ghetto army using mostly homemade weapons, with some heavy-duty ones smuggled in from outside. The Ghetto was set on fire on the tenth day of the uprising, but he and the other members of the ZOB waited it out deep underground in their bunker at 18 Mila Street and were ready for more fighting when the flames died down on the nineteenth day. Finally, on May 18, Anielewicz and a number of his fighters were captured at this bunker and murdered. Some of them, such as Wilner and Rotblatt, chose suicide over being captured and murdered, but Mordechai Anielewicz himself died from the poisonous gas the Nazis were pumping into the bunker. He was 23 or 24 years old. (bio by: Carrie-Anne)
Specifically: Ashes left in Warsaw, Poland.
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Originally Created by: Carrie-Anne
Record added: May 15, 2005
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