Stanisław Miedza-Tomaszewski

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Corporal Stanisław Miedza-Tomaszewski (March 13, 1913 – December 15, 2000), underground nom de guerre Miedza (footpath between fields in Polish),[1] was a Polish war artist, and underground fighter. Member of the Polish resistance during occupation of Poland in World War II, he escaped from the transport to Pawiak prison after arrest, and left besieged Warsaw with the civilian population. Miedza-Tomaszewski is the author of the 1977 memoir Benefis konspiratora about his Warsaw Uprising experiences. Those events served as the basis for the movie Umarłem, aby żyć (I died, so as to live, 1984).[2]

Miedza-Tomaszewski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw when the war broke out. In the Polish resistance, he was one of the members of the Bureau of Information and Propaganda. He designed posters and underground stamps. He was a brother of photographer Jerzy Tomaszewski (also a member of Polish Armia Krajowa) who photographed the Warsaw Uprising before being seriously wounded; and Andrzej Tomaszewski nom de guerre 'Andrzej', also an underground fighter. He was the oldest of six brothers.[1]

Stanisław Miedza-Tomaszewski was the godfather of Polish president Lech Kaczyński.


  1. ^ a b "Stanisław Tomaszewski". Powstańcze Biogramy. Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Stanisław Miedza-Tomaszewski. Benefis konspiratora. Czytelnik. Retrieved 20 February 2014.