Florian Mayevski
(1922 - ?)

Polish Jew and resistance fighter born in Sulejów, central Poland. His father died when he was still a baby and he grew up in poverty. At the age of 14 he left school and began to work as a carpenter to help support his family. During the Nazi occupation, in 1941, his younger brother (17) was arrested by the Gestapo and executed. After the daily harassment and forced moves, he and his family were rounded up in 1942 with other Jews to be transported to the gas chambers. He avoided being transported immediately as he was young and healthy and he was assigned to a work brigade. Mayevski took the first occasion to escape, and lived in the forest for about a year alone, with help from Polish friends. He formed a resistance group in the forests which carried out many attacks on spies, traitors, and Nazis. In the summer of 1944 he joined a Russian partisan group, and fought against the Nazis till the end of the war. Mayevski joined the Polish Army after the war and retired in 1964. Because of the anti-jewish uprise in the late 1960s, in 1969 Mayevski left Poland and eventually settled in Britain. He wrote a book, Fire Without Smoke (2001) [177 pages] about his experiences during the war.