Edward Mosberg, a Polish Jew rescued from the Holocaust, is dead

Edward Mosberg, a Polish Jew, a Holocaust survivor who was involved in the development of Polish-Jewish dialogue, died at the age of 96.

The information about Mosberg’s death was provided on social media by the Consul General in New York, Adrian Kubicki.


Edward Mosberg acted to improve Polish-Jewish relations

Born on January 6, 1926 in Kraków, Mosberg was a prisoner of the German concentration camps in Płaszów and Mauthausen. During his imprisonment, he bore the camp number 85454. Most of his relatives (a dozen or so people) were murdered in the Holocaust, including his grandparents in the Bełżec extermination camp, and his mother and sisters in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The father was probably shot in a street in Krakow.

After the war, he initially continued to live in Kraków. In 1951, together with his wife Cesia Storch, he emigrated to New York. There they settled in Harlem, New York, then settled in Union County, New Jersey. They had 3 daughters. In the USA, Edward Mosberg worked in various professions, eventually he joined the development industry. He had Polish and American citizenship.

He is named after a distinction awarded by the From The Depths Foundation for saving Jews during World War II. Edward Mosberg was awarded by this foundation for “building a dialogue in the spirit of the memory of the Holocaust”. He appeared in the film production entitled Destination Unknown from 2017, presenting the history of the Holocaust.

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Edward Mosberg took part in the March of the Living in Auschwitz

Edward Mosberg has participated in the March of the Living in Auschwitz many times. He also became famous for his defense of the Katyn Memorial in New Jersey, which was to be placed in a less exposed area. A photo of Edward Mosberg with his granddaughter lighting a commemorative torch during the March of the Living in Auschwitz-Birkenau, was printed on the cover of the album entitled “Witnesses: The Light of Remembrance Brings the Next Generations by Eli Rubenstein”, published in Polish in 2018.

In 2019, he came from the USA to Poland to take part in the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. At that time, he also met with President Andrzej Duda.

signature: Edward Mosberg at the Presidential Palace in September 2019

Mosberg honored with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

In May 2019, President Andrzej Duda awarded Edward Mosberg with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland “for outstanding services in developing Polish-Jewish dialogue and disseminating knowledge about the role of Poles in saving Jews.”

– At the age of 93, returning to the city where I was born and receiving such a decoration is an incredibly moving circumstance for me – Mosberg said at the time.

– I accept this award on behalf of myself, my wife, my children and grandchildren, and most importantly, in honor of my mother, father, siblings and 6 million Jews brutally murdered by the German Nazis during the Holocaust. It is important that those who come for us be our witnesses and have the certainty that the tragedy of the Holocaust will never be forgotten, he said. – I also dedicate the decoration to those who gave up and risked their lives to save Jews during the war, such as the Ulma family from Markowa, and also in the hope of better relations between the Jewish and Polish nations – he added.

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