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    St Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
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Roman Catholic
St Sigismund parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana Str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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    St Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
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    St Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
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religious status

Servant of God




John Nepomucene (pl. Jan Nepomucen)

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diocesan priest


Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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diocese / province

Katowice diocesemore on
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Wrocław diocesemore on
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honorary titles

Spiritual Counselor
Gold „Cross of Merit”more on
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date and place of death


KL Dachauconcentration camp
today: Dachau, Upper Bavaria reg., Bavaria, Germany

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details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, arrested by the Germans on 08.11.1939— formally for a refusal to ring the church bells on Warsaw capture by the Germans.

Jailed in Bielsko prison.

On 22.01.1940 moved to Cieszyn prison.

On 27.03.1940 interrogated for the first and only time and on 01.04.1940 released but forbidden to exercise parish duties.

On 28.04.1940 however arrested again by the Germans and directly taken to KL Dachau concentration camp.

Next on 05.06.1940 transported to KL Gusen I concentration camp — part of KL Mauthausen–Gusen concentration camps' complex — where he slaved in quarries.

From there on 15.08.1940 — totally exhausted — brought back to KL Dachau concentration camp where perished.

cause of death




date and place of birth


Ustrońtoday: Ustroń urban gm., Cieszyn pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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presbyter (holy orders)/


positions held

1907 – 1939

parish priest {parish: Czechowicetoday: Czechowice–Dziedzice, Czechowice–Dziedzice gm., Bielsko–Biała pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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, St Catherine of Alexandria the Virgin and Martyr; dean.: Bielskotoday: part of Bielsko–Biała, Bielsko–Biała city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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1924 – 1939

dean {dean.: Bielskotoday: part of Bielsko–Biała, Bielsko–Biała city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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1934 – 1939

pro–synodal judge {Katowicetoday: Katowice city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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, Bishop's Diocesan Court; dioc.: Katowice}

membership {Property Management Committee, Theological Seminary}

till 1907

administrator {parish: Polska Ostrawa}

administrator {parish: Kamienica–Bielsko}

from 1898

vicar {parish: Polska Ostrawa}

till 1898

student {Ołomuniec, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}


The urn containing the ashes of the victim — the body was prob. cremated at Germ. Ostfriedhof (Eng. Eastern cemetery) in Munich — is being kept in Am Perlacher Forst cemetery, at place known as Germ. Ehrenhain I (Eng. „Remembrance Grove nr 1”), in Munich (marked as urn no K1160).

others related in death

ADAMECKIClick to display biography Joseph, GALOCZClick to display biography Clement, KAŁUŻAClick to display biography Francis Matthew, KAŁUŻAClick to display biography Charles, KUKLAClick to display biography Stanislaus, KULAClick to display biography Joseph, OLSZAKClick to display biography Henry, PAŹDZIORAClick to display biography Augustine, SZYMECZEKClick to display biography Frederick, TOMANEKClick to display biography Rudolph, WRZOŁClick to display biography Louis, KNYPSClick to display biography Louis, MAROSZClick to display biography John, PŁOSZEKClick to display biography Rudolph, SOSNAClick to display biography Charles, CZEMPIELClick to display biography Joseph Matthew, DŁUGOSZClick to display biography Francis, DUDAClick to display biography Erwin, HUWERClick to display biography Joseph, KLIMEKClick to display biography Peter, KORCZOKClick to display biography Anthony Nicodemus, KOSYRCZYKClick to display biography Louis, KRZYSTOLIKClick to display biography Stanislaus, KRZYŻANOWSKIClick to display biography Sigismund, KULAClick to display biography Joseph, MACHERSKIClick to display biography Francis, POJDAClick to display biography Adolph, POJDAClick to display biography John, RDUCHClick to display biography Edward, RYGIELSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus (Fr Casimir), SIWEKClick to display biography Victor, SZNUROWACKIClick to display biography John, SZRAMEKClick to display biography Emil, ŚCIGAŁAClick to display biography Francis Xavier, WOJCIECHClick to display biography Conrad, ZIELIŃSKIClick to display biography Felix, ŻMIJClick to display biography Charles

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Dachau (prisoner no: 3339,15116Click to display biography): KL Dachau in German Bavaria, set up in 1933, became the main concentration camp for Catholic priests and religious during II World War: Germans imprisoned there approx. 3,000 priests, including 1,800 Poles. They were forced to slave at so‑called „Plantags”, doing manual field works, at constructions, including crematorium. In the barracks ruled hunger, freezing cold in the winter and suffocating heat during the summer. Prisoners suffered from bouts of illnesses, including tuberculosis. Many were victims of murderous „medical experiments” — in 11.1942 c. 20 were given phlegmon injections; in 07.1942 to 05.1944 c. 120 were used by for malaria experiments. More than 750 Polish clerics where murdered by the Germans, some brought to Schloss Hartheim euthanasia centre and murdered in gas chambers. At its peak KL Dachau concentration camps’ system had nearly 100 slave labour sub–camps located throughout southern Germany and Austria. There were c. 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands perished without a trace. C. 10,000 of the 30,000 inmates were found sick at the time of liberation, on 29.04.1945, by the USA troops… (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2016.05.30)

KL Gusen I: „Grade III” (niem. „Stufe III”) camp, part of KL Mauthausen–Gusen complex, intended for the „Incorrigible political enemies of the Reich”. The prisoners slaved at a nearby granite quarry, but also in local private companies: at SS guards houses' construction at a nearby Sankt Georgen for instance. Initially opened in 05.1940 as the „camp for Poles”, captured during the program of extermination of Polish intelligentsia („Intelligenzaktion”). Till the end most of the prisoners were Poles. Many Polish priests from the Polish regions incorporated in the Germany were brought there in 1940, after start of German occupation of Poland, from KL Sachsenhausen and KL Dachau concentration camps. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.03.10)

KL Mauthausen-Gusen (prisoner no: 6688Click to display biography): A large group of German concentration camps set up around the villages of Mauthausen and Gusen in Upper Austria, c. 30 km east of Linz, operational from 1938 till 05.1945. Over time it became of the largest labour camp complexes in the German–controlled part of Europe encompassing four major camps concentration camps (Mauthausen, Gusen I, Gusen II and Gusen III) and more than 50 sub–camps where inmates slaved in quarries (the granite extracted, previously used to pave the streets of Vienna, was intended for a complete reconstruction of major German towns according to Albert Speer plans), munitions factories, mines, arms factories and Me 262 fighter–plane assembly plants. The complex served the needs of the German war machine and also carried out extermination through labour. Initially did not have a its own gas chamber and the intended victims were mostly moved to the infamous Hartheim Castle, 40.7 km east, or killed by lethal injection and cremated in the local crematorium. Later a van with the exhaust pipe connected to the inside shuttled between Mauthausen and Gusen. In 12.1941 a permanent gas chamber was built. C. 122,000‑360,000 of prisoners perished. Many Polish priests were held, including those captured during the program of extermination of Polish intelligentsia („Intelligenzaktion”). The camp complex was founded and run as a source for cheap labour for private enterprise. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.03.10)

Cieszyn: Remand jail run by German political police Gestapo — in the southern part (today: Czech) of town — and investigative prison — in northern (Polish) side, on the other bank of Olza river — run by Germans. In 1940 the prisoners were initially held in Cieszyn jail but next, due to an overcrowding, taken to former Josef and Jacob Kohn furniture manufacturing plant, by Frydecka Str. and Jabłonkowa Str. junction on the southern bank of Olza, where a transit camp was set up. The prisoners — more than 1,000 Poles went through the camp — were interrogated and whipped with horsewhips, prior to being sent to German concentration camps. (more on: www.sw.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.08.10)

Bielsko: Detention centre run by Germans.

Intelligenzaktion Schlesien: A planned action of arrests and extermination of Polish Upper Silesia intellectual elite in general recorded in a proscription list called „Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen” — participants of Upper Silesia uprisings, former Polish plebiscite activists, journalists, politicians, intellectuals, civil servants, priests — organised by Germans mainly in 04‑05.1940, aiming at total Germanisation of the region. The relevant decree, no IV–D2–480/40, was issued by the RSHA, i.e. Germ. Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Eng. Reich Security Office), and signed by Heinrich Himmler or Reinhard Heydrich. Some of those arrested were murdered in mass executions, some were deported to the German–run General Governorate, and some were sent to concentration camps. The personal details of 3,047 people deported within two months of 1940 were established. Among the victims were 33 Catholic priests, 22 of whom perished in concentration camps (the clergy were sent — in 5 transports — first to KL Dachau, and then to KL Gusen, where they slaved in quarries). Altogether, the Germans murdered c. 2,000 members of the Polish Upper Silesia intellectual elite. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2016.05.30)

Intelligenzaktion: (Eng. „Action Intelligentsia”) — extermination program of Polish elites, mainly intelligentsia, executed by the Germans right from the start of the occupation in 09.1939 till around 05.1940, mainly on the lands directly incorporated into Germany but also in the so‑called General Governorate where it was called AB‑aktion. During the first phase right after start of German occupation of Poland implemented as Germ. Unternehmen „Tannenberg” (Eng. „Tannenberg operation”) — plan based on proscription lists of Poles worked out by (Germ. Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen), regarded by Germans as specially dangerous to the German Reich. List contained names of c. 61,000 Poles. Altogether during this genocide Germans methodically murdered c. 50,000 teachers, priests, landowners, social and political activists and retired military. Further 50,000 were sent to concentration camps where most of them perished. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.10.04)

Ribbentrop-Molotov: Genocidal Russian–German alliance pact between Russian leader Joseph Stalin and German leader Adolf Hitler signed on 23.08.1939 in Moscow by respective foreign ministers, Mr. Vyacheslav Molotov for Russia and Joachim von Ribbentrop for Germany. The pact sanctioned and was the direct cause of joint Russian and German invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the II World War in 09.1939. In a political sense, the pact was an attempt to restore the status quo ante before 1914, with one exception, namely the „commercial” exchange of the so–called „Kingdom of Poland”, which in 1914 was part of the Russian Empire, fore Eastern Galicia (today's western Ukraine), in 1914 belonging to the Austro–Hungarian Empire. Galicia, including Lviv, was to be taken over by the Russians, the „Kingdom of Poland” — under the name of the General Governorate — Germany. The resultant „war was one of the greatest calamities and dramas of humanity in history, for two atheistic and anti–Christian ideologies — national and international socialism — rejected God and His fifth Decalogue commandment: Thou shall not kill!” (Abp Stanislaus Gądecki, 01.09.2019). The decisions taken — backed up by the betrayal of the formal allies of Poland, France and Germany, which on 12.09.1939, at a joint conference in Abbeville, decided not to provide aid to attacked Poland and not to take military action against Germany (a clear breach of treaty obligations with Poland) — were on 28.09.1939 slightly altered and made more precise when a treaty on „German–Russian boundaries and friendship” was agreed by the same murderous signatories. One of its findings was establishment of spheres of influence in Central and Eastern Europe and in consequence IV partition of Poland. In one of its secret annexes agreed, that: „the Signatories will not tolerate on its respective territories any Polish propaganda that affects the territory of the other Side. On their respective territories they will suppress all such propaganda and inform each other of the measures taken to accomplish it”. The agreements resulted in a series of meeting between two genocidal organization representing both sides — German Gestapo and Russian NKVD when coordination of efforts to exterminate Polish intelligentsia and Polish leading classes (in Germany called Intelligenzaktion, in Russia took the form of Katyń massacres) where discussed. Resulted in deaths of hundreds of thousands of Polish intelligentsia, including thousands of priests presented here, and tens of millions of ordinary people,. The results of this Russian–German pact lasted till 1989 and are still in evidence even today. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2015.09.30)


silesia.edu.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.10.13, newsaints.faithweb.comClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.01.06, www.ipgs.usClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2012.11.23
bibliograhical:, „Urns kept at the Am Perlacher Forst cemetery — analysis”, Mr Gregory Wróbel, curator of the Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź, private correspondence, 25.05.2020,
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