Stanisław Majewski alias Stach, a soldier of the “Zaremba”-“Piorun” Battalion – 2nd “Jura” company, died on Wednesday – informed the Warsaw Uprising Museum. He was one of the youngest soldiers of the Warsaw Uprising – he was only 15 years old at the time.
Stanisław Jan Majewski was born in Warsaw on February 8, 1929. – I belong to the generation that was brought up in the ethos of national uprisings and legionary fights. […] It happened to be mine [męska] the family mostly served in the cavalry. Of course, I couldn’t imagine it either [wojny] otherwise than charges and sabres. [Wierzyłem, że] is the death of a soldier [tylko] a heroic death in a direct clash on the battlefield – he said in an interview for the Oral History Archive of the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
In May 1943, his school friend suggested he join the Gray Ranks. After the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, he was accepted into the Home Army Battalion “Zaremba-Piorun”. He was a gunner in the 2nd platoon of “Skobig”. The unit was formed in the first days of the uprising in the operational area of the 3rd Śródmieście Południe region, and its commander was an officer of the staff of the Inspector of the Right Bank District of Warsaw, Captain. Romuald Radziwiłłowicz “Zaremba”.
– Of course, when I heard the whistle of a falling bomb or an incoming missile, I was afraid, but somewhere inside I was always aware of the oath I had taken and the feeling that I was a soldier. And also the fear of shame that could affect not only me, but also my family, if I betrayed the values that I had been taught for years. For today’s generation, it sounds like cliché, but I can’t explain it any other way – said the Oral History Archive.
A car factory and a return to military roots
After the capitulation, he left Warsaw together with the civilian population. He was forced to work in Wrocław and Jelenia Góra, where he found himself capitulated by Germany. In May 1945 he returned to Warsaw. In the early 1950s, he worked at the Passenger Car Factory, and then served at the Air Force Technical School in Zamość.
He participated in the “Let’s Fulfill the Insurgent’s Dream” campaign organized by the Warsaw Uprising Museum. His dream was that on August 1 at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Square of the Home Army Battalion “Zaremba-Piorun” in Śródmieście, as many city residents as possible would gather to pay tribute to his fallen colleagues. “Stach” is also the hero of a mural commemorating the Warsaw Insurgents from the Zaremba-Piorun Battalion at Nowogrodzka Street.
On July 12, 2021, he became a member of the Management Board of the Warsaw Insurgents Association. He died on December 13, 2023.
Main photo source: Leszek Szymański/PAP