Jerzy Kluger, a Polish-born Jew who was a lifetime friend and childhood playmate of the late Pope John Paul II and who lost much of his family to Nazi death camps, has died in Rome. He was 90. Kluger, a year younger than John Paul (who died in 2005) was one of the last living childhood friends of the late pontiff. He was 5 when he met Karol Wojtyla, who would become a priest and eventually Krakow’s cardinal, before being elected as history’s only Polish-born pontiff in 1978.
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