Chmielewski Stanislaw

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Story of Rescue - Chmielewski Stanislaw

Stanisław Chmielewski lived in Warsaw and had many friends among the Jews. In September 1939, he left the city to serve in the army. He first reached Lublin and later Wilna. There, he stayed with Szapsel Rotholc, a well-known pre-War boxer who he had known from before the War.

When he returned to Warsaw at the end of October, he brought with him letters from family and escapees in Wilna to their relatives in the capital city. Faithful to the commandment to "love thy neighbour", Stanisław began to help the Jews.

His activities are described thus, in a testimony lodged with the Jewish Historical Institute in 1961: "During the occupation, Stanisław took an active part in helping Jewish people (...) he threw food and medicines into the ghetto in Warsaw, he led people out of the ghetto (...) he arranged for false identity papers (...) He personally hid 24 Jewish people."  (Source "The Book of the Righteous" edited by Michał Grynberg)

Despite countless searches by the Gestapo, they never found anyone in Stanisław's home. Following the "blowing" of anyone's hiding-place, he would immediately find a new place and would lead them there. 

Among the people who benefited from his help were: Mieczysław Goldsztajn, Mrs.Bergman, Bela Glikson, the Kenigsztajn family, , Alina Lewinson and her two daughters, Professor Leon Plocker, his wife Ewa and his mother, the lawyer Rundsztajn and his family, Janina Bauman, her mother and her sister, Marią Nowak.

Other Stories of Rescue in the Area


  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009
  • Grynberg Michał, Księga Sprawiedliwych, Warszawa 1993

    The lexicon includes the stories of Poles honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations in the years 1963-1989. The list of entries is preceded by a preface by Icchak Arad and Chaim CheferThe Righteous of the World.