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Jarosław Żądło-Dąbrowski z Dąbrówki h. Radwan
General Jarosław Dąbrowski
Nickname Iaroslav Dombrovski
Born (1836-11-13)13 November 1836
Died 23 May 1871(1871-05-23) (aged 34)
Place of birth Żytomierz, Poland (now Ukraine)
Place of death Paris, France
Allegiance Poland (Russian Empire), Paris
Service/branch Russian Army, Communards
Years of service Russian Army: 1845-1862
Communards: March–May 1871
Rank Commander-in-Chief
Commands held Paris Commune (Communards)
Battles/wars January Uprising, Paris Commune

Jarosław Żądło-Dąbrowski z Dąbrówki h. Radwan (Polish pronunciation: [jaˈrɔswaf dɔmˈbrɔfskʲi]; 13 November 1836 – 23 May 1871) was a Polish left-wing independence activist and general. Supporter of the Paris Commune. (Zdrada 1973, p. 9).


Radwan Coat-of-Arms/Herb


Dąbrowski was born in Żytomierz, in what is now Ukraine. He was the offspring of the old Polish noble family Żądło-Dąbrowski z Dąbrówki h. Radwan. He bore the Clan Radwan arms. His father was Wiktor Żądło-Dąbrowski of Dąbrówka, coat-of-arms Radwan. His mother was Zofia née Falkenhagen-Zaleska. (Zdrada 1973, pp. 9–10).

Military career[]

In 1845 at age 9, Dąbrowski joined the Russian army, enrolling in the officer training corp at the Brest-Litovsk Fortress, where he spent 8 years. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Cadet Corps in 1855. He fought as a Russian officer against mountaineer uprisings in the Caucasus. In 1859 he enrolled in the General Staff Academy in St. Petersburg. There he was one of the leaders of the secret "Officers' Committee of the First Army". Members included several hundred Russian and Polish officers, cooperating with the revolutionary "Zemlya i Volya" (Land and Liberty) movement. (Lerski 1996, p. 103). He became involved in the preparation of the January Uprising, but was arrested on 14 August 1862, and exiled to Siberia for his participation in a plot against the Tsar, Alexander II. In 1865, he escaped and fled to France.

On the barricades in Paris[]

Jaroslaw Dabrowski caricatured in Le Père Duchesne Illustré - Un bon bougre!... Nom de Dieu!...

In early March 1871, following months of siege by the Prussians, and social unrest after the Franco-Prussian War, revolution broke out in Paris. The city declared itself independent of the French National Government, calling itself the Paris Commune. Parisians - calling themselves Communards - took immediate steps to defend itself against the Prussians (who were still in the vicinity) and against the deposed Monarchists, seeking a return to Louis Napoleon's Third Empire. By this time, Dąbrowski had been elected to the Council of the Paris Commune, using the nom de guerre, Iaroslav Dombrovski.[1] When negotiations with the National Government broke down, he became Commander-in-Chief and started organising its defence. He died on 23 May 1871 on the barricades of his adopted city. After he was killed, the Communards presented arms with un-communard precision[2] " The Commune itself fell on 28 May 1871. The subsequent massacres of the Communards by French National Government shocked liberal society throughout Europe. Nevertheless, the shame of Dąbrowski having associated himself so closely with socialism and revolution was such that his two sons were driven to commit suicide, and his brother was driven to crime in exile. (Billington 1980, p. 613).



Several schools and roads are named after him in Poland; among them most notable is The Military Technical Academy in Warsaw, Poland,[3] named in memorial of him.

Polish 200-Złoty Banknote Printed in 1976 (Obverse):


Spanish Civil War[]

In the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), - the Dabrowski Battalion and various Brigade-strength units (known in Polish as the Dąbrowszczacy) - were named in his honour. See Polish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

Dąbrowski Battalion Flag:

File:Bandera de las brigadas.jpg

Flag of the unit with the famous motto For our freedom and yours and declaring allegiance to Soviet Republic of Poland, showing communist allegiance of the volunteers


Memorial -- JAROSŁAW DĄBROWSKI House; Zhytomyr, Ukraine:

Mala Berdychivs'ka Street 10
10014 Zhytomyr
Zhytomyrs'ka Oblast


  1. Petit Robert: Noms Propres
  2. Horne, Alistair (165). The Fall of Paris. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 380. 
  3. "Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna im. Jarosława Dąbrowskiego", Ogólnopolski Katalog Szkolnictwa Retrieved on 14 June 2007.

See also[]


  • Billington, James H. (1980). "Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith". Basic Books. .
  • Lerski, Jerzy J. (1996). "Historical Dictionary of Poland, 966-1945". Greenwood Press. .
  • Zdrada, Jerzy (1973). "JAROSŁAW DĄBROWSKI: 1836–1871". Wydawnictwo Literackie. .

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