Famous Deaths in May 1948

  • May 1 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • May 6 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • May 8 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 8 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • May 12 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 15 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • May 22 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • May 24 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 24 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)

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May 25 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), executed by communist secret police after a show trial at age 47

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • May 26 Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  • May 28 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, dies from the effects of a bullet in her head at 33
  • May 29 May Whitty, actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • May 31 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80