Boleslaw Wierzbianski, 89, a founder, publisher and former editor-in-chief of the Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik, died Wednesday in New York City of pneumonia.
Born in Bachorz, Poland, in 1913, Mr. Wierzbianski was a moderate leftist who confronted right-wing nationalists and anti-Semites while he was a student at the University of Warsaw. He later worked as a radio and news agency journalist in Poland and in London during World War II.
During the 1950s, Mr. Wierzbianski was a contributor to Radio Free Europe broadcasts and served as a member of the New York City Commission on Human Rights under Mayor Edward Koch. In 1971, along with a group of friends, he founded Nowy Dziennik and became its publisher.
Nowy Dziennik now has a circulation of 25,000 readers throughout the United States, Poland and other European nations, and in Canada and Israel.