I read the article from the New York Times this morning and was moved by the story of this man. However, when talking with my husband about him he mentioned that Edelman was known for his anti-zionism. I was surprised that in the NYT article there was no word about the issue. Edelman was a long time member and militant in the general Jewish Labour Union 'Bund' known for their anti-zionism. Edelman himself was anti-zionist and that put him at odds with some of his ghetto anti-Nazi militants who later immigrated to Israel.
In Haaretz for example, most of the story was about Edelman's disconnection from Zionism.
However, zionism and anti-zionism aside, this was a courageous man with a clear cut moral stamina that forces our admiration.