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Vale Mr Mieczyslaw Nadworny

Mr Mieczyslaw Nadworny

A long-standing member of AIPA and one of the leading activists for Polish-Jewish reconciliation, Mieczysław Nadworny, passed away in Melbourne on 22 September 2019. He was 98.

M. Nadworny was born in Chełm and spent the war in the Soviet Union. Most of his closest family perished in the Holocaust.

After the war he settled in Warsaw where he worked in public administration for the Polish Ministry of Prices. Amidst growing Communist sponsored anti-semitism he and his family migrated to Australia in 1960 settling in Melbourne.

In the early 90s, as a member of the Federation of Polish Jews in Australia, he became one of the initiators of the Polish-Jewish dialogue in Australia. He was instrumental in organising the historic visit of Jan Karski in Australia in 1993 and remained steadfastly involved in building bridges between Polish and Jewish communities in Australia.

As an avid reader of history he well knew the complexity of Polish-Jewish relations. He was a modest person who never sought the limelight.

The Executive Committee of AIPA conveys its condolences to the family of Mr Nadworny.

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