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Polish Holocaust Historian Robert Kuwałek RIP

Robert Kuwałek. Photo © Krzysztof Bielawski/Virtual Shtetl

We are sad to report news of the premature and sudden death of Robert Kuwałek, one of Poland’s foremost historians of the Holocaust and Jewish heritage in southeastern Poland and what is now western Ukraine.

Kuwałek, 47, died while he was on a visit to L’viv, Ukraine. He had been reported missing on June 5, and his body was found two days later. No details as to cause of death were released.

Kuwałek lived in Lublin, where he was a curator and historian at the State Museum at Majdanek. He had also been director of the museum at the former Belzec death camp. He published widely on Holocaust and Jewish heritage issues and was a generous colleague to fellow researchers.

Kuwałek was also a guide; he authored a book on Jewish heritage sites in Lublin and led tours of Jewish sites in Lublin and Ukraine.

In 2008, he was awarded the Polish Order of Polonia Restituta II Class for his contribution in promoting Jewish culture and history. And not long ago the Association of Jewish War Veterans and Victims of World War II awarded him the “Warsaw Ghetto Uprising” medal.

May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.



2 comments on “Polish Holocaust Historian Robert Kuwałek RIP

  1. 1998 I met Robert first in Lublin, several more times over the years, last in Vilnius a few years ago.
    I cannot believe we all, his family, and many friends and colleagues have to suffer this loss.
    Robert was an amazing source of knowledge, empathy, and humane spirit. So sad……
    Dorothee in Wiesdaden

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