Death of Major Ignacy Skowron

August 6, 2012
Warsaw,Poland | Age 97

Last Polish soldier of WWII opening battle dies
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Maj. Ignacy Skowron, the last known Polish survivor of the opening battle of World War II, died on Sunday at the age of 97.

Family friend Zofia Nowak said Monday that Skowron died at his grandson's home in Kielce, in southern Poland, after suffering circulatory, liver and pancreas problems.

The last time that he took part in observances of the battle's anniversary at the Westerplatte, a date marked somberly every year on Sept. 1, was...

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