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Jerzy Bielecki, hero fled Aushwitz with Jewish girlfriend

Jerzy Bielecki (right) with his brother Leszek in 1944. Jerzy Bielecki (right) with his brother Leszek in 1944. (Associated Press)
By Monika Scislowska
Associated Press / October 23, 2011

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The young Catholic man spirited his Jewish girlfriend out of Auschwitz in 1944, saving her life. Yet it took 39 years for them to see each other again. Jerzy Bielecki, a German-speaking Polish inmate at the same Nazi death camp, lived to age 90 and died peacefully in his sleep Thursday at his home in Nowy Targ in southern Poland, his daughter, Alicja Januchowski said Saturday.

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