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

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religious status

Servant of God

surname

FUCHS

forename(s)

Godfrey (pl. Godfryd)

forename(s)
versions/aliases

Godfrey (pl. Gottfried)

function

religious cleric

creed

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

congregation

Society of the Divine Word (ie. Verbite Fathers) (Verbites, Divine Word Missionaries, Steyler Missionaries - SVD)more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Warmia diocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2018.09.02]

nationality

German

date and place of death

28.01.1945

Sztumtoday: Sztum gm., Sztum pow., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]

alt. dates and places of death

29.01.1941

details of death

After closure on 01.04.1938 of the missionary school (started to minister in the Pieniężno parish and nearby villages), profanation and seizure of the Congregation's church on 03.08.1941 and closure of the Mission House three days later, on 06.08.1941, by the German National Socialists — the church was adopted into party meeting hall — evicted with other friars from the Mission House (they were given two ours to leave the buildings).

For a time stayed in Pieniężno where from continued to minister, but in c. 1943 moved to Sztum as vicar.

During the final Russian winter offensive of 1945 of the World War II — started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 — attempted to find safety at parish rectory.

On 28.01.1945 Russian officer with a bunch of Russian soldiers entered the rectory.

They robbed it, including its wine.

Then left the rectory but on c. 23:00 returned — drunken.

Attempted to intercede for the women and girls, assaulted and raped.

Started to interrogate him and prob. torture.

Finally shot him twice into head — first into right temple and next into the back of his head.

cause of death

murder

perpetrators

Russians

date and place of birth

04.09.1892

Schlebuschtoday: district in Leverkusen, Leverkusen dist., Köln reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
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[access: 2022.08.05]

religious vows

05.12.1914 (temporary)
28.07.1917 (permanent)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

29.09.1917 (Maria EnzersdorfSt Gabriel missionhouse
today: Mödling dist., Lower Austria state, Austria
)

positions held

1943 – 1945

vicar {parish: Sztumtoday: Sztum gm., Sztum pow., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]
, St Anne}

1941 – 1943

priest {parish: Pieniężnotoday: Pieniężno gm., Braniewo pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
, St Peter and St Paul the Apostles}, also: commuting support minister at St Anne parish in Sztum

1938 – 1941

priest {parish: Pieniężnotoday: Pieniężno gm., Braniewo pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
, St Peter and St Paul the Apostles; church: by the Mission House St Adalbert the Bishop and Martyr; Congregation of Verbite Fathers}, also: choir conductor, hospital chaplain, commuting support minister at Transfiguration of the Lord in Babiak and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Górowo Iławiecki parishes

1925 – 1938

teacher {Pieniężnotoday: Pieniężno gm., Braniewo pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
, Minor Theological Seminary (gymnasium) in St Adalbert Missionhouse, Congregation of Verbite Fathers}, also: choir conductor, hospital chaplain, commuting support minister at Transfiguration of the Lord in Babiak and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Górowo Iławiecki parishes

1914 – 1917

student {Maria Enzersdorftoday: Mödling dist., Lower Austria state, Austria
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
, philosophy and theology, Higher Theological Seminary in St Gabriel Missionhouse, Congregation of Verbite Fathers}

05.09.1913 – 1915

novitiate {Maria Enzersdorftoday: Mödling dist., Lower Austria state, Austria
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
, St Gabriel Missionhouse, Congregation of Verbite Fathers}

1906 – c. 1913

pupil {Steyltoday: Venlo, Limburg prov., Niederlands
more on
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[access: 2022.10.06]
, Minor Theological Seminary (gymnasium) in St Michael the Archangel Mother House, Congregation of Verbite Fathers}

others related in death

BREHMClick to display biography William, CHMIELEWSKIClick to display biography John Paul, HUHNClick to display biography Paul, KLEMENTClick to display biography Bernard, KORTENDIECKClick to display biography Theodore, LANGKAUClick to display biography Otto, LINDENBLATTClick to display biography John, LINKAClick to display biography Arthur, LUDWIGClick to display biography Francis, LUNKWITZClick to display biography Paul, MARQUARDTClick to display biography John, PREUSCHOFFClick to display biography Clement, PROTHMANNClick to display biography Adalbert, RAHMELClick to display biography Engelbert, SCHIKOWSKIClick to display biography Ulrich, SCHULZClick to display biography Arthur, SCHWARTZClick to display biography Paul, SIEGELClick to display biography Bruno Alexander, STEINKIClick to display biography Joseph, ŚWITALSKIClick to display biography Vladislav Bronislaus, WEICHSELClick to display biography Bruno, WILKEClick to display biography George, ZAGERMANNClick to display biography Francis, ZIEMETZKIClick to display biography Joachim

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Mass rapes in 1945: During capture in 1944‑5 of pre–war German territories and territories incorporated into Germany in 1939 after German invasion of Poland Russian soldiers committed mass, often multiple, rapes on mainly German, but also Polish, women. Up to 2 mln women might have been violated, from 8 to 80 or more years old. Many were murdered as a consequence. Rapes were prob. tolerated if not encouraged by Russian military and civilian NKVD commanders. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2015.03.01]
)

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
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

sources

personal:
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[access: 2019.04.16]
, www.seminarium.org.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.05.19]
, svdgg.republika.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.06.23]

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