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05-507 Słomczyn
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Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

BOGDAŃSKI

forename(s)

John Thomas (pl. Jan Tomasz)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.09.21]

congregation

Society of St Francis de Sales SDBmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

(i.e. Salesians of Don Bosco)

diocese / province

Culm (Chełmno) diocesemore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2012.11.23]

Lublin diocesemore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

St Jack Cracow Inspectorate SDB
St Guardian Angels Austro‐Hungarian Inspectorate SDB

date and place
of death

20.10.1939

Wolatoday: Pelplin gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]

alt. dates and places
of death

25.10.1939

Szpęgawski foresttoday: Starogard Gdański gm., Starogard Gdański pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2018.09.23]

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after start of German occupation, arrested by the Germans on 20.10.1939 in Nowa Cerkiew where was hiding from Germans, who were looking for him — together with the local vicar, Fr Vladislav Białczyk, and the head of the local school.

On the same day taken on a track towards Pelplin.

In a nearby Wola village marched into a field.

By the bank of a small hill forced to dig a ditch.

Next murdered in a mass execution, together with two other priests, Fr Aloysius Deja and Fr Theodore Borowski.

Murderers immediately covered the ditch with soil.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

01.11.1883

Zegartowicetoday: Papowo Biskupie gm., Chełmno pov., Kuyavia‐Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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alt. dates and places
of birth

1885, 1888

Nowa Cerkiewtoday: Morzeszczyn gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.09.02]

religious vows

06.01.1909 (permanent)

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

09.03.1913 (St Barbara Theological Seminary chapel in Pelplin)

positions held

1929 – 1939

professor — Pelplintoday: Pelplin gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.05.06]
⋄ Collegium Marianum

1935 – 1936

administrator — Bierzgłowotoday: Łubianka gm., Toruń pov., Kuyavia‐Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.05.06]
⋄ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Bierzgłowotoday: Łubianka gm., Toruń pov., Kuyavia‐Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.05.06]
RC deanery

1933 – 1934

professor — Pelplintoday: Pelplin gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.05.06]
⋄ Theological Seminary — lecturer of Latin language

31.07.1929

incardination in the Culm diocese

1928 – 1929

friar — Congregation's houses, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — teacher of Educational Institutes ine.g. Aleksandrów Kujawski

1925 – 1928

friar — Sokołów Podlaskitoday: Sokołów Podlaski gm., Sokołów Podlaski pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.09.29]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — director of Henry Sienkiewicz's Humanities Gymnasium

1922 – 1925

curatus/rector/expositus — Biała Podlaskatoday: Biała Podlaska city pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.08.20]
⋄ St Anne the mother of Blessed Virgin Mary RC church ⋄ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Biała Podlaskatoday: Biała Podlaska city pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.08.20]
RC deanery — also: prefect at Joseph Ignatius Kraszewski State Gymnasium for Boys

1921 – 1922

prefect — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.10.09]

1920

friar — Kielcetoday: Kielce city pov., Holy Cross voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — director of Educational Institute

from 1918

friar — PrzemyślZasanie district
today: Przemyśl city pov., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.04.01]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB

1917 – 1918

friar — Oświęcimtoday: Oświęcim gm., Oświęcim pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ Society's House (Casa Madre), Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — gymnasium counselor (head of a Crafts School)

c. 1913 – 1917

friar — Oświęcimtoday: Oświęcim gm., Oświęcim pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ Society's House (Casa Madre), Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — in c. 1911‐1916 assistant and teacher of the 1st grade of gymnasium, 1916‐1917 chief assistant to students (in gymnasium)

till 1913

student — Foglizzo Canavesetoday: Foglizzo, Turin prov., Piedmont reg., Italy
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ theology, Theological Institute (higher theological seminary), Salesians of Don Bosco SDB

from c. 1910

friar — Viennatoday: Vienna state, Austria
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.07.31]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — start of theological studies, preparing for the sacrament of priesthood

till c. 1910

pupil — Oświęcimtoday: Oświęcim gm., Oświęcim pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ Philosophical Institute (also known as the Philosophical Studentate), Salesians of Don Bosco SDB

pupil — Ivreatoday: Turin prov., Piedmont reg., Italy
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.09.11]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB — student of the gymnasium, i.e. the Sons of Mary Institute for late vocations

novitiate — Lombriascotoday: Turin prov., Piedmont reg., Italy
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.09]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB

08.01.1901

accession — Ivreatoday: Turin prov., Piedmont reg., Italy
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.09.11]
⋄ Society's House, Salesians of Don Bosco SDB

others related
in death

BOROWSKIClick to display biography Theodore, DEJAClick to display biography Louis, BIAŁCZYKClick to display biography Vladislav

murder sites
camp 
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Wola n. Pelpin: On 20.10.1939 Germans murdered in Wola n. Pelplin three priests who were arrested earlier the same day. In all probability Germans were late with their transport and did not manage to catch up with a group of catholic priests arrested in or nearby Pelplin the same day, transported next and murdered in Tczew in military barracks. (more on: informator.pelplin.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.31]
)

Szpęgawski forest: In Szpęgawsk forest Germans, as part of their «Intelligenzaktion» — extermination of Polish intelligentsia in Pomerania — between 09.1939 and 01.1940 in mass executions murdered 5,000‐7,000 Poles. Among them were c. 49 Catholic priests — all bar one from Starogard Gdański county, 30 from Culm diocese Curia and 5 from Pelplin. 1,692 psychiatric hospital patients in Kocborowo — in 15 mass executions starting from 22.09.1939 — part of «Aktion T4», i.e. Germ. „Vernichtung von lebensunwertem Leben” (Eng. „elimination of live not worth living”) extermination program, were also murdered there. The victims were brought from Starogard Gdański jail in trucks or buses with windows blackened at sunset or during the night. Transports avoided main roads. At murder site prisoners were forced to kneel at banks of the ditches and murdered by a shot to the back of the head. Wounded were finished off with rifle butts or buried alive. After World War II 39 mass graves were found. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.23]
)

«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 webpage
[access: 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 World War II 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 Stanislav 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 webpage
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

Pius XI's encyclicals: Facing the creation of two totalitarian systems in Europe, which seemed to compete with each other, though there were more similarities than contradictions between them, Pope Pius XI issued in 03.1937 (within 5 days) two encyclicals. In the „Mit brennender Sorge” (Eng. „With Burning Concern”) published on 14.03.1938, condemned the national socialism prevailing in Germany. The Pope wrote: „Whoever, following the old Germanic‐pre‐Christian beliefs, puts various impersonal fate in the place of a personal God, denies the wisdom of God and Providence […], whoever exalts earthly values: race or nation, or state, or state system, representatives of state power or other fundamental values of human society, […] and makes them the highest standard of all values, including religious ones, and idolizes them, this one […] is far from true faith in God and from a worldview corresponding to such faith”. On 19.03.1937, published „Divini Redemptoris” (Eng. „Divine Redeemer”), in which criticized Russian communism, dialectical materialism and the class struggle theory. The Pope wrote: „Communism deprives man of freedom, and therefore the spiritual basis of all life norms. It deprives the human person of all his dignity and any moral support with which he could resist the onslaught of blind passions […] This is the new gospel that Bolshevik and godless communism preaches as a message of salvation and redemption of humanity”… Pius XI demanded that the established human law be subjected to the natural law of God , recommended the implementation of the ideal of a Christian state and society, and called on Catholics to resist. Two years later, National Socialist Germany and Communist Russia came together and started World War II. (more on: www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
, www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
)

sources

personal:
www.zkp.tczew.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
, www.niedziela.diecezja.torun.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.05.19]
, parafiabierzglowo.wordpress.comClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.12.09]
, informator.pelplin.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.31]

bibliographical:
Biographical dictionary of Chełmno diocese priests consecrated in 1821‐1920”, Fr Henry Mross, Bernardinum Editorial House, Pelplin, 1995
original images:
informator.pelplin.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.31]
, nowa.morzeszczyn.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.02.15]

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