FUKS, Płońsk & Warsaw, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


It is with great sadness that I inform the JewishGen community of the passing of Prof.  Marian FUKS on October 23, 2022  in his home city of Warsaw at the quite  remarkable age of 108.  Professor Fuks was a prolific writer in the fields of Jewish history and culture and of music.  He was the author of over one thousand books and articles over his career.  He was director of Warsaw’s Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute for several years (1968-1969; 1971-1973) and continued to work there until his death.


Among his works were a history of the Jews of Warsaw, an analysis of the Jewish press in the interwar years, and a book on Jewish music and musicians.  For twenty years, he was editor of the JHI Bulletin and of the Diaries of Warsaw Ghetto Chairman Adam Czerniakow among other titles.


Professor Fuks was born in Płońsk (Ben Gurion’s home town) on September 28, 1914 to Borys (Baruch) Fuks & Frymeta (née Wrońska).   During World War II, Prof. Fuks served in the Polish cavalry, but he was captured and interned by the Soviets.  Amnestied in 1941, he rejoined the Polish Army in an armored unit where he served until he sustained an injury.  Having studied journalism, he became the editor of a military magazine.


He was a charming and learned man.  He leaves behind his wife Urszula, who continues to work at the Institute.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980