Bursztyn was born in a wealthy family of the old Polish city of Lublin. Social
status does not prevent any child of the family to choose the path of progress
and join the progressive forces and leave their hometown. After a good high
school, Joseph Bursztyn brilliantly passed his baccalaureate. In France he came
to study at the Faculty of Medicine of Reims where social concerns were very
intense, particularly among Jewish students, who had formed a progressive organization
called "Combat", which Bursztyn became one of the leaders. After nearly
three years of study in Reims, he went to Paris with his young wife, Mary, in
order to finish school and support his thesis ... When war broke out in 1939,
he did engage as many foreigners in the French army to fight against the Nazis
and was sent to a military hospital ... when the Nazi hordes invaded France,
Joseph Bursztyn was one of the first involved in the Resistance. He lived with
his wife and daughter in very difficult conditions, on the fringes of legality
and illegal housing, with all the consequences that entails.
He was charged with Mounie Nadler of organizing work among the intellectuals to lead the fight in the Resistance. He also wrote underground newspapers "Our Way" and "Our Word" ... An accidental explosion in a clandestine laboratory, where the Jewish partisans were preparing explosives, was the origin of mass arrests in the ranks of the Jewish Resistance. Thus Bursztyn was arrested in early July 1942, along with Nadler. As announced in the No. 10 of "Our Way", Monie Nadler and Joseph Bursztyn were shot August 11, 1942 ... His courageous wife was also arrested, she was tortured by the Nazis before perishing in the camps. We knew that when 'they saw each other in the den of the Gestapo, Joseph Bursztyn told his wife: "… hold on, we will prevail…"
From « Combattants, Héros & Martyrs de la Résistance. de David Diamant aux Editions Renouveau»