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Obituary: Paul Zenon Wos

On Dec. 2, 2013, Paul Zenon Wos passed away at his home in Sarasota, FL at the age of 92. An intrepid fighter for freedom all his life, Paul was a combat veteran of the anti-Nazi and anti-Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939. During the Holocaust, Paul Wos, along with his father, mother, and siblings, rescued the Jewish Melamed family and other Jews, including future professor Israel Shahak. For this selfless act, Paul was awarded the Yad Vashem Medal,

“Righteous Among the Nations.” At the time Paul Wos also volunteered as a soldier in the underground Polish Home Army. In its ranks he participated in the Warsaw Rising of 1944. Captured by the Germans, along with his family members, he became a prisoner of the Nazi Flossenburg Concentration Camp. After the liberation by the Americans, he participated as a courier in the anti-Communist underground, traveling between the West and Soviet-occupied Poland, which he was eventually forced to leave. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wanda, his son, Konrad Wos, his daughter, Ambassador Aldona Wos; their spouses Meggan Walsh and Louis DeJoy as well as four grandchildren, Taylor and Carson Wos and Ania and Andrew DeJoy and a sister, Wanda Wos-Lorenc. He is preceded in death by his sister, Irena Wos-Madejski and his brother, Jerzy Odon Wos.  


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20036; *Designate for the Kosciusko Chair or Victims of Communism Foundation, 1521 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20036.