Death of Nicholas Rey

1938 - January 14, 2009
Washington, District Of Columbia

Fled Poland as a toddler in 1939 and later returned to Warsaw as U.S. Ambassador
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WASHINGTON - Nicholas Rey, who fled Poland as a toddler after German troops invaded in 1939 and later returned to Warsaw as U.S. ambassador, died Wednesday. He was 70.

He died of lung cancer at his home in the Georgetown district of Washington, his son Michael said.

Rey was 20 months old when his parents fled their native Poland on Sept. 5, 1939, four days after German forces invaded neighboring Poland and began World War II. He became a U.S. citizen in 1946.

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