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Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, former Auschwitz prisoner and Polish foreign minister, dies at 93

  • Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, left; Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, pose while visiting an exhibition commemorating Polish-German reconciliation, in Krzyzowa, Poland, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, left; Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, pose while visiting an exhibition commemorating Polish-German reconciliation, in Krzyzowa, Poland, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Polish man Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who survived Auschwitz and later helped save Jews from the Holocaust, shows a copy of his honorary citizenship in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Polish man Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who survived Auschwitz and later helped save Jews from the Holocaust, shows a copy of his honorary citizenship in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Polish Auschwitz prisoner and member of the underground wartime resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, has died. He was 93.

Several government officials reported that Bartoszewski died Friday in Warsaw, including President Bronislaw Komorowski who wrote on Twitter that he was deeply saddened.

"This is a huge loss; a great Pole has left us," Komorowski wrote.

Bartoszewski was widely respected for his humanity and wisdom. He distinguished himself not only with this wartime resistance, but also as a writer, a social activist and as a politician. A man who suffered at the hands of the Germans during the war, Bartoszewski more recently worked to improve Polish-German ties.