This Friday in New York, renowned Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg will receive a posthumous award from Poland.
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Polish Consulate in New York will award the Great Cross of the Order of Merit to Mosberg’s family. Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, will accept the honor on his behalf.
Holocaust survivor, professor, and philanthropist Mosberg was a Polish-American who passed away in September.
At Mosberg’s funeral in New Jersey, Duda, who had previously awarded Mosberg with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, was also there.
In recognition of his contributions to fostering Polish-Jewish discourse and spreading awareness of the significance of Poles in world history, Mosberg got the aforementioned honorable prize in 2019.
Mosberg was a prisoner in the Mauthausen and Paszów concentration camps run by the Nazis. Later, he became a well-known educator and survivor who spoke to crowds across North America, Europe, and Israel.
Mosberg passed away at 96 years old.
Almost all of Mosberg’s relatives—including his parents and sisters—were killed during the Holocaust.
He moved to New York City in 1951 with his wife and daughter before relocating to New Jersey, where he became a prosperous real estate developer.
DeSean Jackson, an NFL quarterback, eventually apologized for his antisemitic social media statement, which put Mosberg in the news in 2020.
Jackson agreed to Mosberg’s request to go with him to the Auschwitz concentration camp to learn about the Holocaust.
Mosberg was one of the march’s most ardent supporters and frequently showed out to the march dressed in his former concentration camp garb.
He served as the honorary chairman of the From the Depths organization, founded to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to preserve their memories.
In addition, he committed himself to raise awareness of the Polish Righteous Among the Nations, non-Jewish Poles who sacrificed their lives to protect Jews during the Holocaust.
Mosberg was identified as having blood cancer in 2019. At the moment, Mosberg claimed he had no fear of dying.
Mosberg’s family, many Polish diplomats, and leaders of Jewish diaspora organizations from New York City will be at the event on Friday at the consulate.