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Auschwitz rescuer dies aged 90

Jerzy Bielecki, a Polish inmate who led his Jewish girlfriend out of Auschwitz in 1944, has died at the age of 90.

Bielecki's daughter, Alicja Januchowski said that he died peacefully on Thursday at his home in Nowy Targ, in southern Poland. She said he was in good spirits and conscious almost to the last.

In July 1944, 23-year-old Bielecki used his relatively privileged position as a German-speaking Catholic Polish inmate of Auschwitz to orchestrate the daring rescue of his Jewish girlfriend, Cyla Cybulska. Both survived, but were separated for many decades.

Bielecki is to be buried in Nowy Targ on Monday.

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