Szmul Zygielbojm
(1895-1943)

Died aged c. 48

Szmul Zygielbojm (Polish: [ˈʂmul zɨˈɡʲɛlbɔjm]; Yiddish: שמואל זיגלבוים‎; 21 February 1895, Poland – 11 May 1943, London) was a Polish Jewish socialist politician, Bund trade-union activist, and member of the National Council of the Polish government-in-exile. Zygielbojm was born in 1895 to a working-class family and had to leave school at age ten. In his early twenties he became involved in Bund trade-union activism, and in 1924 was elected to the Bund Central Committee. He edited a Bund newspaper and in 1938 was elected to the Łódź city council. Upon Germany's invasion of Poland, he fled to Warsaw and was briefly a member of the Judenrat. He fled to the Netherlands, then to England, where he was appointed to the National Council of the Polish government-in-exile. He interviewed Jan Karski and tried to publicize the mass murder of Jews in German-occupied Poland. After the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was brutally crushed, and Warsaw's remaining Jews murdered, by units under SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop, Zygielbojm committed suicide to protest the indifference and inaction of the western Allies.

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Jewish Workers' Bund Leader representative to the Polish Parliament-in-exile Szmul 'Artur' Zygielbojm 1895-1943 Took his life in protest at the world's indifference to Nazi extermination of the Jews lived nearby 1942 - 1943

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