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Stanisław Haller

Stanisław Haller

Stanisław Haller (born 26 April 1872, murdered in April 1940) was a Polish politician and general, and cousin of General Józef Haller de Hallenburg.


Between 1894 and 1918 he served in the Austro-Hungarian Army. Among other functions, he was commandant of Fortress Kraków. In 1918 he joined the renascent Polish Army. During the Polish-Soviet War he contributed to the defeat of Budionny's army and its expulsion beyond the Bug River. In 1919-1920, 1923–25 and in May 1926 he was Chief of the Polish General Staff. After 1926 he was placed in retirement as a political opponent of the new regime headed by Józef Piłsudski.

In 1939 he was arrested by the Soviets and placed in a POW camp in Starobielsk.[1][2] Along with other Polish POWs, he was murdered by the NKVD in April 1940, the month of his sixty-eighth birthday, near Kharkov, in the Katyn Massacres.[1]

Stanisław Haller is patron of the 5th command regiment of the Kraków-based Polish 2nd Mechanized Corps.

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  • Stalisław Haller (sic!) (1926). Naród a armja (The Nation and the Army). Kraków, Księgarnia Krakowska. p. 88. 
POL CoA Haller

Haller coat of arms

  • various authors (1984). O przewrocie majowym 1926; opinie świadków i uczestników (On the May Coup d'etat; opinions of witnesses and participants). Andrzej Wierzbicki, Stanisław Haller, Jan Rzepecki. Wydawnictwa MON. p. 164. ISBN 83-11-07122-5. 


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.K.Zawodny Death in the Forest Notre Dame, 1962 Page 145
  2. The Crime of Katyn Polish Cultural Foundation, 1989 ISBN 0-85065-190-5 Page 19

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