Daughter of Polish Iconic Interwar Leader Dies at 94

Marshal Jozef Pilsudski's daughter was a pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II. Her father was supported by Polish Jews as an opponent of extreme nationalism and anti-Semitism.

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Polish interwar leader Jozef Pilsudski
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The last surviving daughter of Poland’s iconic interwar leader Marshal Jozef Pilsudski has died.

Jadwiga Pilsudska Jaraczewska, who died Sunday in Warsaw at the age of 94, was one of Pilsudski’s two daughters and recently met with Poland’s chief rabbi. She was a pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II. With the collapse of communism in Poland in 1990 she returned to Warsaw.

Before his death in 1935, Pilsudski was widely supported by Polish Jews as an opponent of extreme nationalism and anti-Semitism.

In June, at her and her family’s invitation, Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich met with Jaraczewska, her children and grandchildren. During their conversation Jaraczewska showed Schudrich a famous photograph of Jewish leaders in the town of Deblin greeting her father with bread and salt after the Polish Army under his leadership captured the town from the Bolsheviks in August 1920.

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