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

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surname

CZEMERAJDA

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

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    Commemorative plaque, Rożdżałów
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    Commemorative plaque, Transfiguration parish church, Czartowiec
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    Commemorative plaque, Czartowiec
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  • CZEMERAJDA Joseph - Commemorative plaque, St John the Baptist and St John Evangelist archcathedral, Lublin, source: www.miejscapamiecinarodowej.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOCZEMERAJDA Joseph
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    Commemorative plaque, Exultation of the Holy Cross monastery, Kalwaria Pacławska
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    Commemorative plaque, military field cathedral, Warsaw
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    Commemorative plaque, St Stanislaus church, Sankt Petersburg
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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

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

honorary titles

War Order of Virtuti Militari – Silver (5th Class)more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2019.10.13]

September Campaign Crossmore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2023.11.24]

date and place
of death

04.1940

Kharkivtoday: Kharkiv urban hrom., Kharkiv rai., Kharkiv, Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2022.08.05]

alt. dates and places
of death

23.04.1940, 05.1940

details of death

On 28.04.1939, appointed chaplain of the Polish Army reserve. On c. 30.08.1939 mobilized as a chaplain of the 8th Legion Infantry Regiment of 3rd Legion Infantry Division, part of the Polish Army „Prusy” grouping, with the rank of captain — the place of mobilization was the vicinity of Lublin, where went on c. 01.09.1939 (according to some sources through Hrubieszów).

After the German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (the Russians attacked Poland 17 days later) and the start of World War II, prob. took part in the Battle of Iłża on 08‑09.09.1939, which ended with the Polish defeat and the destruction of his Division.

Further fate unclear. Broke through the German encirclement and reached the eastern side of the Vistula. There prob. joined some Polish unit — perhaps his parent 8th Infantry Regiment, reconstituted as part of the reserve 39th Infantry Division, and with it took part in the battles of Krasnystaw on 19.09.1939 and then of Tomaszów Lubelski on c. 22.09.1939 (c. 20 km from his Czartowiec parish village); perhaps it was another unit fighting near Warsaw.

The details of his arrest by the Russians are unclear. It was supposed to take place in the village of Piaski near Lublin, which some Russian leading troop units might have reached on c. 27.09.1939 (on 26.09.1939 Russians captured the nearby Rejowiec Fabryczny). Perhaps was returning to his parish ¬ from Warsaw direction — or heading towards Warsaw.

Transported to Rivne (or Ternopil), then to the transit camp in Shepetivka.

Then, on 20/29.10.1939 transported to the Starobilsk concentration camp.

There, was initially not recognized as a priest (thus avoiding the deportation of chaplains from Starobilsk to the Ostashkov concentration camp on 23.10.1939).

Finally taken — transport No. Wa23*C, described as „occasional”, not commanded by the NKVD — to the execution site in Kharkov and murdered there, in the headquarters of the genocidal Russian organization NKVD.

The body was thrown into the mass death pit No. J08 in Lyesopark, the NKVD summer resort.

By Polish Minister of Defence’s decision No. 439/MON of 05.10.2007 posthumously promoted to the rank of captain.

alt. details of death

According to some sources, could have been murdered not at the NKVD headquarters, but at the burial place, in the so‑called Lyesopark, the NKVD summer resort.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Russians

date and place
of birth

20.11.1903

Rożdżałówtoday: Chełm gm., Chełm pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]

alt. dates and places
of birth

25.10.1903, 20.12.1903

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

22.06.1930 (Lublintoday: Lublin city pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.08.20]
)

positions held

1935 – 1939

parish priest — Czartowiectoday: Tyszowce gm., Tomaszów Lubelski pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.08.20]
⋄ Transfiguration of the Lord RC parish ⋄ Tomaszów Lubelskitoday: Tomaszów Lubelski gm., Tomaszów Lubelski pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.08.20]
RC deanery

1935

vicar — Zakrzówektoday: Zakrzówek gm., Kraśnik pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.08.20]
⋄ St Nicholas the Bishop and Confessor RC parish ⋄ Kraśniktoday: Kraśnik urban gm., Kraśnik pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.08.20]
RC deanery

1935

vicar — Częstoborowicetoday: Rybczewice gm., Świdnik pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.12.03]
⋄ St Peter and St Paul the Apostles RC parish ⋄ Krasnystawtoday: Krasnystaw urban gm., Krasnystaw pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.12.03]
RC deanery

1930 – 1935

vicar — Wożuczyntoday: Rachanie gm., Tomaszów Lubelski pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.09.29]
⋄ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Tyszowcetoday: Tyszowce gm., Tomaszów Lubelski pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.09.24]
RC deanery

1925 – 1930

student — Lublintoday: Lublin city pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.08.20]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

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murder sites
camp 
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Kharkiv (NKWD murders 1940): On 05.04‑12.05.1940 Russians executed in Kharkiv c. 3,739 Polish prisoners of war (POW) kept in Starobilsk concentration camp. The murders were committed in the NKVD District Directorate HQ, at 3 Dzerzhinsky Sq. Convoys of prisoners were transported by rail to the Kharkov railway station, and from there by car to the NKVD headquarters. The victims' hands were tied behind their backs with a rope and at night they were taken to a windowless room in the basement. There, they were murdered with a shot in the neck from a 7.62 mm Nagant revolver. Immediately afterwards, the bodies were taken away in trucks and buried in mass graves near Kharkov, 1.5 km from the village of Piatykhatky. The murders were part of an organized Russian genocidal operation against Polish prisoners of war, bearing all the hallmarks of genocide, known as the «Katyn genocide». (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.09.21]
)

«Katyn genocide 1940»: On 05.03.1940, the Russian Commie–Nazi authorities — the Politburo of the Russian Communist Party — made a formal decision to exterminate tens of thousands of Polish intelligentsia and military personnel held in Russian camps as a consequence of the German–Russian Ribbentrop–Molotov Agreement, the invasion of Poland and the annexation of half of Poland in 09.1939, and the beginning of World War II. The implementing act was order No. 00350 of the head of the NKVD, Mr Lavrentyi Beria, on the „discharge of NKVD prisons” in Ukraine and Belarus. The entire action — the murders were committed, among others, in Katyn, Kharkov, Tver, Bykovnia and Kuropaty — was coordinated centrally from the NKVD headquarters in Moscow. This is evidenced by the so‑called deportation lists of subsequent groups of Polish prisoners (usually about 100 people) from NKVD camps sent to places of execution, prepared and distributed a few days before the executions from Moscow. It is also evidenced by the earlier deportations of Polish priests from the Kozelsk, Ostashkov and Starobilsk NKVD camps to NKVD prison in Moscow, or their isolation, just before Christmas on 25.12.1939, prob. in order to deprive Polish prisoners of spiritual care at that time — clearly actions controlled from the NKVD HQ in Moscow. There are indications — i.e. four so‑called „NKVD–Gestapo Methodical Conferences” of 1939‑1940: in Brest on Bug, Przemyśl, Zakopane and Cracow — of close collaboration between Germans and Russians in realization of plans of total extermination of Polish nation, its elites in particular — decision that prob. was confirmed during meeting of socialist leaders of Germany: Mr Heinrich Himmler, and Russia: Mr Lavrentyi Beria, in another German leader, Mr Hermann Göring, hunting lodge in Rominty in Romincka Forest in East Prussia. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.12.15]
)

NKVD Starobilsk POW camp (prisoner no: 3678): Russian concentration camp for Poles arrested after the invasion in 1939, operating in 1939‑1940 in Starobilsk — on the premises of the „All Afflicted Joy” Icon of Our Lady Orthodox monastery, looted and closed by Russian Bolsheviks in 1923. In 04.1940 c. 3,800 were kept there (in 11.1939 — 11,262) — per captive there was c. 1.25 m2 of bunk space on which they had to sleep, eat and keep their belongings, initially the receiving only one meal a day. Subsequently— as the fulfillment of Russian government decision to exterminate Polish intelligentsia and prisoners of war camps (Polish holocaust) — were executed in Kharkiv. Among the victims were 8 generals, 55 colonels, 127 lieutenant colonels, 230 majors, c. 1,000 captains, and c. 2,450 lieutenants and second lieutenants of the Polish Army. Almost half were reserve officers: over 20 professors of universities, all without exception scientific staff of the Anti–Gas Institute of the Polish Army and almost the entire staff of the Institute of Armament of the Polish Army, c. 400 doctors, several hundred lawyers, several hundred engineers, c. 100 teachers, c. 600 pilots , many social activists, several dozen writers and journalists. Used as a concentration camp for Poles later as well. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
)

NKVD Shepetivka POW camp: POW camp — „filtration” camp, where the Russians selected and isolated the most „dangerous” or most valuable prisoners — established after the Russian invasion of Poland on 17.09.1939, the establishment of the NKVD Board for Prisoners of War and Internees on 19.09.1939 by the head of the NKVD, Lavrenty Beria, and the order to establish a number of camps for Polish POWs. Operated in 1939‑1940 in Shepetivka, village on the then Polish Ukraine. C. 20,000 prisoners — Polish intelligentsia and soldiers — were held there in extremely harsh conditions: POWs had to sleep on the earth, without food, having to queue few hours for a glass of water. Next POWs were sent to Russian concentration camps and then to mass execution sites. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.12.04]
)

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 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
[access: 2015.09.30]
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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
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