Jozef Zurek was born on 31 August 1909. He joined the army in 1930. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Zurek fought in the 1939 September campaign and the Battle of Bzura, whereupon he got into German captivity. He returned home in 1946. In 2009, on his 100th birthday, he was promoted to Lieutenant. He became the oldest man in Poland aged 107, following the death of Jozef Plawski on 9 April 2017. On 31 August 2017, he celebrated his 108th birthday. He passed away on 20 March 2018.