Vale Stanisław Świerczewski (1932-2017)

Mateusz Szczepaniak, 25th February 2017
With immense sadness, we received news of the passing of Stanisław Świerczewski, longstanding Vice-Chairman of the Polish Association of the Righteous Among the Nations and Honorary Citizen of the State of Israel. He died in Warsaw, on 24th February 2017, at the age of eighty five.

Stanisław Świerczewski was born on 12th June 1932 in Płońsk, where his family ran a small farm. He was the youngest son of Władysław and Zofia Świerczewski. The Świerczewski family began helping Jews from the moment that the Płońsk ghetto was established in September 1940.

"We'd bring them some bread, sausage and dripping, whatever we could give them", recalls Stanislaw Świerczewski during an interview, in August 2008, with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

When, in the middle of 1942, the Germans began liquidating the ghetto, the Świerczewski family decided to help their Jewish friends by hiding them on the "Aryan side". They gave shelter to Dawid Kapeluśnik, Isaak Mosiek and Edward Neuman, who remained in their home, and in other pre-arranged hiding places, until the end of the War.

After the War, these survivors left Poland, however Stanisław Świerczewski remained in contact with them. "After the War, everyone was busy with their own lives. One was about to get married, or started a new job or was finishing his schooling. Those wartime experiences were pushed into the background. Everyone wanted to start a new life under a new sun".

On 5th July 2004, Stanisław Świerczewski, together with his father Władysław, were honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations. On 20th May 2013, Stanisław Świerczewski was made an Honorary Citizen of the State of Israel.

From 2008, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Polish Association of the Righteous Among the Nations.

The last time we met with Stanisław Świerczewski on 27th January 2017 when, on behalf of the Association, he laid flowers at Warsaw's Ghetto Heroes Monument on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

He passed away on 22nd February 2017, in Warsaw, at the age of eighty five.

The funeral service will take place on 2nd March 2017 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Stanisław Świerczewski's story appears here on our website.