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17

Not all the victims of Hitler

died before he did

October 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

To regular readers of this blog: I know I haven’t posted much lately, and this post has almost nothing to do with publishing (although there’s a book link in it!) I’m in London on my way to the Frankfurt Book Fair as I write it. I will resume more regular contributions to the dialogue about publishing and digital change, but posts may remain sparse for a couple more weeks…

Last weekend, the New York Times carried an obituary of a Pol-ish cardiologist, socialist, and Warsaw Gheto survivor named Marek Edelman. One untold part of his life story touched my family. Marek Edelman was one of the leaders of what were (according to the Times) 220 armed fghters who constituted the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Gheto Uprising of April 19, 1943. Two of the others were a man named Friedrich (whose frst name I’ve forgoten if I never knew…and, as you’ll see, I’m running out of people to ask who might remember) and another named Bernard Goldstein. Goldstein came to the US in 1948 and I knew him well in my early youth; Bernard died on December 7, 1959, which was the only day of my childhood when I remember seeing my father cry.

Friedrich was credited with being the man who followed the tracks out of Warsaw that carried the railroad cars that took Jews being removed from the gheto to an unknonwn destination. Friedrich re-ported back that the destination was a concentration camp where the Jews were being exterminated. For that efort, and for his part in the doomed uprising of April 19, he was deemed a hero by the survivors after the war, particulary those in the Jewish Socialist Bund, which also claimed Edelman, Goldstein, and my grandparents on both sides as members.

Friedrich had a daughter named Elsa, born on December 18, 1936. Elsa was smuggled out of the Gheto to live in hiding with a Catholic family in about 1941. Thus she escaped being killed when the Jews in the Gheto were virtually exterminated during and after the uprising.

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