St Sigismund parish
85 Wiślana Str.
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland
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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland
XX century (1914 – 1989)
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Joseph (pl. Józef)
Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
Society of St Francis de Sales (Salesian Society, - SDB)more on
diocese / province
st Stanislaus Kostka Warsaw Inspectorate SDB
Vilnius archdiocesemore on
date and place of death
Lidatoday: Lida dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
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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 the Russian occupation, expelled from the Congregation's Institute in Różanystok shut down by the Russian. Moved to another Silesian Institute in Kurhan n. Lida.
There after German attack in 06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, after start of German occupation, arrested by Germans in 06/07.1942 in Kurhan, during mass arrests of Polish intelligentsia from Lida region — known as Polenaktion — together with 16 other priests.
Held in Lida prison.
On 22‑23.11.1942 with Fr Stephen Dobrowolski and Fr Lucien Mroczkowski transferred do prison hospital.
On 02.02.1943 brought back to prison cell where soon perished few days only prior to a mass execution on 10.03.1942, when Germans murdered 8 other priests held in Lida.
cause of death
date and place of birth
Lędzinytoday: Lędziny urban gm., Bieruń–Lędziny pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
presbyter (holy orders)/
29.09.1908 (Krakówtoday: Kraków city pow., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
others related in death
AUGUSTYNOWICZClick to display biography Alexander, BOBICZClick to display biography Ildephonsus, BOROWSKIClick to display biography Alphonse, CYBULSKIClick to display biography Francis, DOBROWOLSKIClick to display biography Steven, ŁABANClick to display biography Vincent, MROCZKOWSKIClick to display biography Lucian, OŻAROWSKIClick to display biography George, STRZEŚNIEWSKIClick to display biography Vincent, ŚNIEGOCKIClick to display biography Steven
camps (+ prisoner no)
Lida (massacre): In 06‑07.1942 arrested c. 100 Poles in Lida and vicinity, including c. 16 Polish catholic priests. All were jailed in Lida prison. Some were subseqently released, others perished in prison. On 10.03.1943 in a nearby pine forest, by infantry barracks, Germans murdered remaining 9 priests and 5 other Poles. (more on: ipn.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
Polenaktion 1942: In the summer of 1942 in German–occupied Germ. Generalbezirk Weißruthenien (Eng. General Region of Belarus) — in Nowogródek region among others — Germans carried out „Polenaktion” initiative: the name introduced in a special resolution drafted by Reichssicherheitshauptamt RSHA (Eng. Reich Main Security Office). The action included sacking of all Poles from civilian regional apparatus and police and replacing them with Belarusians. Thousands of Poles were also forcibly deported to Germany as slave labourers. On 26‑30.06.1942 in all counties of the region more than 1,000 representatives of Polish intelligentsia were arrested and subsequently murdered. In Lida region 16 Polish priests were arrested among others. 5 Polish parish priests from Głebokie and Postawy deanery were murdered as well. At the same time Germans set up Kołdyczego n. Baranowicze and Mały Traścieniec n. Mińsk concentration camps. The implementation of this genocide project was entrusted to Belarusian police formations supported by Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Russian (RONA) collaborators.
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 webpage
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bibliograhical:, „Vilnius archdiocese clergy martyrology 1939‑1945”, Fr Thaddeus Krahel, Białystok, 2017, „Salesian Society in Poland under occupation 1939‑1945”, Fr John Pietrzykowski SDB, Institute of National Remembrance IPN, Warsaw, 2015,
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