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Alexander Herbert Imich was an
academic, a war victim, and a record holder as well.
Born into a Jewish family on
February 4, 1903, in Częstochowa, a Polish city in the Russian Empire, Imich
joined the Polish army in 1918 at the age of 15, together with all of the members
of his school class. After fighting the Bolsheviks in the war, Imich started
his academic career as a student in zoology at the Krakow university, switching
later to chemistry and finally joining the Polish parapsychological society in
the 1920s. His works on a "medium" called Matylda made him famous on
the expert circuit, but all of his published materials got lost during the
mists of wartime.
At World War II, Imich and his wife
Wela flew to the Soviet Union to escape the Nazis. Both declined to take Russian
citizenship and were sent to a work camp. Following their liberation in 1952,
the Imichs went to New York, where Alexander restarted his academic work. He published
his first book in 1995 and became president of the Anomalous Phenomena Research
Society. Just a few weeks before his death, Imich was named the world's oldest living
man by the Guinness Book of World Records. This title normally disqualifies picks
for the AO Deadpool, but Imich was one of only a few record holders who was not
only famous for his age.
He resided in Manhattan until his
death on June 8, 2014, at the age of 111, which brought six points to WEP
(one for age and five for solo).
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