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71st anniversary of the death of Hersz Berliński

By Jewish Historical Institute

On 29th September 1944 r., during the Warsaw Uprising, Hersz Berliński, member of staff of the Jewish Combat Organization was killed in action.

He was born in 1908 to a family of a poor textile worker in Bałuty neighborhood in Łódź. He and his father parted ways when the latter accumulated substantial wealth during the Great War. Hersz moved out and it happened that he was organizing strikes at the small factory belonging to his own father.

In 1923 Berliński joined Cukunft organization and moved to Poale Zion Left a year later. He was very active in youth and worker’s associations. After the WW II broke out he fled Łódź and went to an area of Poland occupied by the Soviet Union. Eventually made it to Warsaw where he got involved in underground movement. He co-founded under of a clandestine organization Borochow Jugent. He strongly supported an idea of armed resistance and smuglling Jews out off of Ghettos and into the forests where they would formed guerrilla units.

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