74th anniversary of Szmul Zygielbojm’s death

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Szmul Zygielbojm

74 years ago, on May 11th 1943 in London, died Szmul Mordechaj Zygielbojm, codename „Artur”.

He was born on 1895. He was a leader of the Bund party and a member of the National Council of the Polish government on exile. On May 11th 1943 he committed suicide to protest the indifference of the Allied governments in the face of the Holocaust.

In his last letter addressed to Polish president Władysław Raczkiewicz wrote:

"I cannot continue to live and to be silent while the remnants of Polish Jewry, whose representative I am, are being murdered. My comrades in the Warsaw ghetto fell with arms in their hands in the last heroic battle. I was not permitted to fall like them, together with them, but I belong with them, to their mass grave.

By my death, I wish to give expression to my most profound protest against the inaction in which the world watches and permits the destruction of the Jewish people".

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