DAWID MORYC APFELBAUM (some sources give Mieczysław or Mordechaj as
his second name, and Appelbaum as his surname), nom de guerre "Kowal"
Moshe Arens , the author of numerous works on the Revisionist
underground in the
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
After Poland's defeat together with many other Jews in
It is stated in many secondary accounts that during the
After his death he was promoted to the rank of
* 1 Doubts about the existence of Apfelbaum * 2 Other Polish non-Christian World War II soldiers * 3 References * 4 Sources * 5 External links
DOUBTS ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF APFELBAUM
According to the historians Dariusz Libionka and Laurence Weinbaum, authors of an extensive study of the ŻZW, Apfelbaum was in all likelihood an entirely mythical figure. In an article published in 2007 in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and the Polish journal Więz they maintain that there is no credible evidence to suggest that there was a person by that name involved in the ZZW in any capacity. They reject the writings of Arens and others (including most notably Paris author Marian Apfelbaum ) who ascribe to Apfelbaum a leadership role in the ŻZW. Libionka and Weinbaum demonstrate that Apfelbaum's name does not appear in any reliable eyewitness testimony and that contrary to claims to the contrary, Dawid Wdowinski did not refer to him in his memoirs. Libionka and Weinbaum examine the provenance of the Apfelbaum story and trace it to the accounts of Henryk Iwanski and his cohorts. In their book, published in 2011, that testimony is deconstructed and relegated to the category of "apocrypha."
OTHER POLISH NON-CHRISTIAN WORLD WAR II SOLDIERS