Marek Edelman passed away Saturday, October 3rd.  He was 90 years old.

Edelman was the last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a founding member of the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB), and an activist in the solidarity movement.  He received the Embassy’s Jan Karski Freedom Award in February 2009 for promoting democracy and human rights. 

The New York Times ran a moving story about the life of Mr. Edelman, which can be found here:  http://nytimes.com/2009/10/03/world/europe/03edelman.html

We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Edelman and salute his life dedicated to the defense of human dignity and freedom.  The United States stands with Poland as it mourns the loss of a great man.