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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Servant of God
Joseph (pl. Józef)
Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians, Lazarists - CM)more on
date and place of death
AL Dachs-IVsub–camp of KL Mittelbau–Dora
today: Petershütte district of Osterode am Harz, Göttingen dist., Lower Saxony state, Germany
alt. dates and places of death
AL Boelcke-Kasernesub–camp of KL Mittelbau–Dora
today: n. Nordhausen, Nordhausen dist., Thuringia state, Germany
details of death
After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II arrested by the Germans on 07.02.1944, together with a group of priests and religious, in Warsaw Holy Cross church.
Jailed in Pawiak prison in Warsaw.
Next prob. on 28.03.1944 transported to KL Groß‑Rosen concentration camp where slaved in quarries and next on 11.02.1945 to KL Mittelbau–Dora concentration camp.
On 25.02.1945 transported to the AL Dachs–IV subcamp in the Harz Mountains, where was to slave at the construction of tunnels for an underground oil refinery.
There prob. perished, under unknown circumstances.
alt. details of death
Perhaps AL Dachs–IV survived and was transported back to Nordhausen on c. 21.03.1945, to AL Boelcke–Kaserne sub–camp, for sick prisoners.
There, most of the prisoners died in terrible conditions in 04.1945 or during the bombing by the British RAF on 03‑04.04.1945 (the camp barracks were not marked with the Red Cross symbol).
cause of death
extermination: exhaustion and starvation
date and place of birth
Vynnykytoday: Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine
presbyter (holy orders)/
28.10.1939 (Krakówtoday: Kraków city pow., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
others related in death
GRZĄDKAClick to display biography Hippolytus, MACIERZYŃSKIClick to display biography Paul, MAKIELAClick to display biography Theodore Francis, ORGANISZCZAKClick to display biography Vladislav, SZWAJNOCHClick to display biography Steven
camps (+ prisoner no)
AL Dachs-IV: Germ. Außenlager (Eng. sub–camp) of KL Mittelbau–Dora concentration camp, founded prob. in 11.1944, in the village of Petershütte near Osterode am Harz, in the federal state of Lower Saxony, in the district of Göttingen, in Germany, in the Harz Mountains. The genocidal SS organization used civilian forced laborers, prisoners of the KL Mittlebau–Dora concentration camp and prisoners of war for works on the construction of an underground oil refinery for the German company Rhenania–Ossag Mineralölwerke AG from Hamburg (today Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH). Prisoners slaved boring tunnels until c. 21.03.1945 (construction works lasted until the beginning of 04.1945), when 716 prisoners were transported back to Nordhausen, where the main KL Mittelbau–Dora camp was located, to the barracks of the AL Boelcke–Kaserne sub–camp. Only a few of them lived to see the end of the war. (more on: blog.befreiung1945.deClick to attempt to display webpage
AL Boelcke-Kaserne: Germ. Außenlager (Eng. sub–camp) of KL Mittelbau–Dora concentration camp in Nordhausen, Thuringia, Germany. Set–up on 08.01.1945 by the SS–Totenkopfverbände, a genocidal organization responsible for the management of concentration camps, in the former Luftwaffe barracks. Sick prisoners who were considered by the Germans unfit for manual labor were held there. More than 6,000 passed through the camp, of which 3,000 died during the three months of the camp's existence. On 01.04.1945, there were approximately 5,700 prisoners in the camp, held in terrible conditions, and the death rate was 100 people a day. On 02.04.1945, c. 3,000 prisoners were transported to the AL Ellrich sub–camp of KL Mittelbau. On 03‑04.04.1945 the camp was bombed by British RAF bombers. About 1,450 prisoners were killed. The camp was liberated by American troops on 11.04.1945.
KL Mittelbau-Dora (prisoner no: 112934): Concentration camp operational from 08.1943 till the end of II World War, set up to provide the slave workforce for an underground military factory “Mittelwerk” Mittelwerk — in tunnels of Kohnstein mountain n. Nordhausen town V‑1 and V‑2 rockets were manufactured — initially as a sub‑camp of KL Buchenwald concentration camp (till summer 1944). Approx. 20,000 prisoner perished, among whom 10,000 during camp evacuation (“death marches”), and 1,200 during allied bombardments. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
KL Groß-Rosen (prisoner no: 23794): Groß‑Rosen (today: Rogoźnica) was a German concentration camp founded in the summer of 1940 (first transport of prisoners arrived on 02.08.1940). Initially a branch of KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp. In 1944 became a centre of a network of more than 100 camps. Prisoners were forced to slave at nearby granite quarries, on starvation rations. More than 125,000 prisoners were enslaved — 40,000 victims perished. In 1945 — in „death marches” — Germans dragged through the camp thousands of prisoners from the camp’s in east being one by one overrun by the Russians. The camp itself was captured by the Russians on 14.02.1945. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Pawiak: Investigative prison in Warsaw. Largest German prison in German‑led General Governorate. 100,000 prisoners went through it in the years 1939‑44, approx. 37,000 of which were murdered by the Germans in executions, during interrogations, in the cells or in the prison “hospital”. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
07.02.1944 arrests: In apparent in retaliation for the successful attempt on the head of the Warsaw Gestapo and the SS gen. Kutschera (01.02.1944) German political police (Gestapo) arrested many priests and religious in Warsaw, Cracow, Lublin and Radom, including 17 priests, 14 religious and many pupils and staff members of the Fr Siemiec orphans' house run by Salesian Fathers in Warsaw and 14 Vincentian (Lazarists) priests, 5 Vincentian religious and 3 lay people ministering in the Holy Cross church in Warsaw. They were taken to infamous Pawiak prison in Warsaw and next some of them were transported to Groß‑Rosen concentration camp.
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:, „Martyrdom of the Polish clergy 1939‑1956”, Bp Bohdan Bejze, Antoni Galiński (ed.) – collection, Łódź Archdiocesan Publishing House, Łódź 1992,
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