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St Sigismund parish
05-507 Słomczyn
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Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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Joseph (pl. Józef)


diocesan priest


Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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diocese / province

Pinsk diocesemore on
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date and place of death


Khayki forestn. Yeskavichi / Maleva
today: Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, and start of German occupation arrested by the Germans and Belarusian police on 28.06.1942 — in his priestly vestments, with Fr Thaddeus Grzesiak from Kleck parish while visiting him and celebrating Holy Mass in the church in Kleck — during a terror campaign against the Jews.

Taken to Baranowicze prison.

Next on c. 03.07.1942 transported to Kołdyczewo concentration camp.

Interrogated by the Germans in Baranovichy.

During one of the transfers to/from Baranovichi managed to escaped.

Went into hiding in nearby forests.

After few weeks, denounced was again captured by the Germans.

Jailed in Nieśwież prison.

From there taken to an execution site and murdered together with 3 other priests.

cause of death

mass murder


Germans / Belarusians

date and place of birth


presbyter (holy orders)/


positions held

from 1936

administrator {parish: Seylavichitoday: Seylavichi ssov., Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus
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, Heart of Jesus; dean.: Nyasvizhtoday: Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus}

1932 – 1936

vicar {parish: Kletsktoday: Kletsk dist., Minsk reg., Belarus
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, Holy Trinity; dean.: Nyasvizhtoday: Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus}

others related in death

CISZKIEWICZClick to display biography Alexander, GOGOLIŃSKIClick to display biography Joseph, SOCHOŃClick to display biography Joseph, GRZESIAKClick to display biography Thaddeus Michael

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Hajki forest: In 06.1942 Germans — during AB‑Aktion — arrested approx. 80 Polish inhabitants of Nieśwież and surrounding villages, according to list prepared by Belarussians, jailed them in local prison. On the night of 04‑05.07.1942, in Hajki forest, near Jeśkowicze/Malewo villages by Nieśwież, exterminated them all — they were forced to undress and were murdered by Belarussian police over the ditches dug up prior to the execution. Among the victims were 4 Catholic priests and a number of nuns. AB‑Aktion was a continuation of Intelligentzaktion, Polish intelligentsia and leading classes extermination action in German occupied Polish territories. (more on: nowogrodczyzna.jimdofree.comClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2020.07.31]

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.

KL Kołdyczewo: German concentration and death/extermination camp operational from 03.1942 to 07.1944 in Belarus, 20 km from Baranowicze. Jews and Poles, among others, were held there. A crematorium was opened in the camp. The camp, managed by a few Germans and run by Belarusians guarding it and perpetrating mass murders, witnessed c. 22,000 victims being murdered and exterminated — men, women, children, old, of various professions and social status, mainly Polish nationals, including c. 24 Catholic priests. Some of them were murdered by deadly gas, prob. in specially equipped trucks (the bodies were subsequently dumped in Lachówka forest, c. 2 km from the camp). Others were taken to Polonka and murdered there. Victims were also murdered by the Belarusians with a shot to the back of the head or with sticks with protruding nails. (more on: www.sztetl.org.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.12.04]

Baranowicze (prison): Prison in 1939‑41 run by Russians and in 1941‑4 by Germans. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.17]

Help to the Jews: During II World War on the Polish occupied territories Germans forbid to give any support to the Jews under penalty of death. Hundreds of Polish priests and religious helped the Jews despite this official sanction. Many of them were caught and murdered. (more on: www.naszdziennik.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.31]

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:, „Martyrology of the Polish Roman Catholic clergy under nazi occupation in 1939‑1945”, Victor Jacewicz, John Woś, vol. I‑V, Warsaw Theological Academy, 1977‑1981, „Pinsk Diocese in Poland Clergy and Church Register”, Pinsk diocese bishop, 1933‑9, diocesan printing house


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