Leopold de Kronenberg
Memorial to Leopold in Poland
Polish Underground Army
Killed in action on 7 November 1944 at Przyscha, Poland aged 24
In WWII Leopold joined the Polish underground army. He died in the forests around Przysucha as a guerrilla soldier nicknamed ‘Kicki’. It is thought he died fighting with the 25th Army Infantry Regiment alongside a partisan nicknamed ‘Zeus’, serving under the command of Major Rudolf Majewski.
Leopold came from a famous Polish family of financiers who were great patriots. He joined the underground along with his father, mother and sister, only his father survived the war. His mother perished during World War II from the German bombs either in 1939 during the siege of Warsaw, or in August 1944 during the Warsaw uprising. His sister Wanda was shot during the Warsaw uprising after being suspected of being a German agent, althought the circumstances of her death are unclear. One version says that she was working for Polish army intelligence, and her death was a tragic mistake.
At school Dr Meissner described him as having, “sense of humour and sturdiness” while Hahn saw him “in all his vigour and warm hearted loyalty”. After the war Leopold’s father went to the USA and died in Los Angeles in 1971. Before that he visited Gordonstoun at the invitation of Kurt Hahn and spoke to the boys and was insistent that a school war memorial be created.