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

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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    Adalbert Wdowski, painting, Radom martyrs altar, Care of the Blessed Virgin Mary cathedral, Radom
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    Contemporary image, Theological Seminary, Radom?
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religious status

blessed

surname

GRELEWSKI

forename(s)

Steven (pl. Stefan)

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    Commemorative plaque, Automotive Group of Schools, Radom
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  • GRELEWSKI Steven - Commemorative plaque to the fallen teachers of Radom. Słowackiego str., Radom, source: www.radom.ws, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGRELEWSKI Steven
    Commemorative plaque to the fallen teachers of Radom. Słowackiego str., Radom
    source: www.radom.ws
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  • GRELEWSKI Steven - Martyrs of the II World War Monument, St John the Baptist church, Szczecin, source: www.szczecin.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGRELEWSKI Steven
    Martyrs of the II World War Monument, St John the Baptist church, Szczecin
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beatification date

13.06.1999more on
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the RC Pope John Paul IImore on
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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
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diocese / province

Sandomierz diocesemore on
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[access: 2013.05.19]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Canon Law

date and place
of death

09.05.1941

KL Dachauconcentration camp
today: Dachau, Upper Bavaria reg., Bavaria state, Germany

more on
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details of death

Participant of Polish plebiscite preparations in Upper Silesia (1920‐1921) — prob. was in Upper Silesia during II Upper Silesia uprising (19‐25.05.1920).

From 09.1920 worked for Polish Plebiscite Committee in Bytom.

Made numerous speaches.

Published articles supporting Polish cause.

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after start of German occupation, organizer and participant of Polish clandestine educational network (part of emerging Polish Clandestine State).

Arrested by the Germans on 24.01.1941 together with Fr Casimir Grelewski and Fr Joseph Sznuro, during a German roundup of Polish teachers in Radom (participating among others in clandestine educational effort of young Poles — part of Polish Clandestine State).

Jailed for a couple of days in Radom prison.

From there transported to Skarżysko–Kamienna where after a larger transport was formed on 25.02.1941 transported to KL Auschwitz concentration camp.

Finally on 4.05.1941 transported to KL Dachau concentration camp where perished.

cause of death

extermination: exhaustion and starvation

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

03.07.1898

Dwikozytoday: Dwikozy gm., Sandomierz pov., Holy Cross voiv., Poland
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presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

12.10.1921 (Sandomierz cathedralmore on
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[access: 2014.11.14]
)

positions held

1940 – 1941

rector — Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Holy Trinity RC church ⋄ St John the Baptist RC parish ⋄ Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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RC deanery

1940

vicar — Potworówtoday: Potworów gm., Przysucha pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ St Dorothy Virgin and Martyr RC parish ⋄ Potworówtoday: Potworów gm., Przysucha pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.09.29]
RC deanery

1932 – 1939

prefect — Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ John Kochanowski's Gymnasium [i.e. John Kochanowski's State Gymnasium and Lyceum No. 338 (1937‐1939) / John Kochanowski's State Gymnasium for Boys (1919‐1937)] ⋄ Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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RC deanery

president — Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Association of Polish Intelligentsia

chaplain — Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ „Caritas” Charity Society ⋄ RC chapel

1930 – 1935

editor — magazine, „Catholic Truth” — also: founder

1928 – 1931

prefect — Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ John Kiliński's Municipal School of Crafts and Industry ⋄ Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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RC deanery — also: prefect of Commerce Courses

1929 – 1931

editor — „Annals of the Diocese of Sandomierz

1927 – 1931

editor — biweekly, „Calling” — also: founder

from c. 1924

General secretary — Radomtoday: Radom city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Christian Workers Association

1922 – 30.12.1924

PhD student — Strasbourgtoday: Bas‐Rhin dep., Grand Est reg., France
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⋄ canon law, University of Strasbourg [i.e. Fr. Université de Strasbourg (Eng. University of Strasbourg) / Kaiser Wilhelm University (1872‐1918)] — also: minister to the Polish economic emigrants in the vicinity of Strasbourg (mainly in Pas–de–Calais department), on Sundays and days of celebration

1919 – 1922

student — Lublintoday: Lublin city pov., Lublin voiv., Poland
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⋄ Department of Canon Law and Moral Sciences, Catholic University of Lublin KUL [i.e. Catholic University of Lublin KUL (since 1928) / clandestine Catholic University of Lublin KUL (1939‐1944) / University of Lublin (1918‐1928)] — postgraduate specialised studies, crowned on 05.04.1921 with passing the final exam and obtaining a bachelor's degree in canon law

1916 – 1919

student — Sandomierztoday: Sandomierz urban gm., Sandomierz pov., Holy Cross voiv., Poland
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⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

writer and publicist — author of i.a. „Back to the bosom of the Catholic Church: pages from the lives of converts” (1934), „Protestant Confessions in Poland” (1934), „The National Church in Poland, its principles, organization and development” (1936), „Jewishness and Christianity: sermons for Advent” (1936), „Protestant denominations and religious sects in contemporary Poland” (1937), „Religious sects in contemporary Poland” (1937); author of articles in „Little Daily”, „Warsaw Courier”, „Nation Voice”, „Catholic Guide”, „Priestly Atheneum

translator — from French and German, e.g. „Jesus Christ” by Prof. Charles Adam, „Charisms of the soul and priestly work” and „In the service of the ideals of Catholic Action”, both by Card. Adolf Bertram

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The urn containing the ashes of the victim — the body was prob. cremated at Germ. Ostfriedhof (Eng. Eastern cemetery) in Munich — is being kept in Am Perlacher Forst cemetery, at place known as Germ. Ehrenhain I (Eng. „Remembrance Grove nr 1”), in Munich (marked as urn no K777)

others related
in death

DWORZAŃSKIClick to display biography Anthony, GRELEWSKIClick to display biography Casimir, SZNUROClick to display biography Joseph

murder sites
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KL Dachau (prisoner no: 25281Click to display biography): KL Dachau in German Bavaria, set up in 1933, became the main German Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) KL for Catholic priests and religious during World War II: On c. 09.11.1940, Reichsführer‐SS Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, Gestapo and German police, as a result of the Vatican's intervention, decided to transfer all clergymen detained in various concentration camps to KL Dachau camp. The first major transports took place on 08.12.1940. In KL Dachau Germans held approx. 3,000 priests, including 1,800 Poles. The priests were forced to slave labor in the Germ. „Die Plantage” — the largest herb garden in Europe, managed by the genocidal SS, consisting of many greenhouses, laboratory buildings and arable land, where experiments with new natural medicines were conducted — for many hours, without breaks, without protective clothing, no food. They slaved in construction, e.g. of camp's crematorium. In the barracks ruled hunger, freezing cold in the winter and suffocating heat during the summer, especially acute in 1941‐1942. Prisoners suffered from bouts of illnesses, including tuberculosis. Many were victims of murderous „medical experiments” — in 11.1942 c. 20 were given phlegmon injections; in 07.1942 to 05.1944 c. 120 were used by for malaria experiments. More than 750 Polish clerics where murdered by the Germans, some brought to Schloss Hartheim euthanasia centre and murdered in gas chambers. At its peak KL Dachau concentration camps’ system had nearly 100 slave labour sub‐camps located throughout southern Germany and Austria. There were c. 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands perished without a trace. C. 10,000 of the 30,000 inmates were found sick at the time of liberation, on 29.04.1945, by the USA troops… (more on: www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.deClick to attempt to display webpage
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KL Auschwitz (prisoner no: 10444Click to display biography): German Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) KL and Germ. Vernichtungslager (Eng. extermination camp) VL Auschwitz was set up by Germans around 27.01.1940 n. Oświęcim, on the German territory (initially in Germ. Provinz Schlesien — Silesia Province; and from 1941 Germ. Provinz Oberschlesien — Upper Silesia Province). Initially mainly Poles were interned. From 1942 it became the centre for holocaust of European Jews. Part of the KL Auschwitz concentration camps’ complex was Germ. Vernichtungslager (Eng. extermination camp) VL Auschwitz II Birkenau, located not far away from the main camp. There Germans murder possibly in excess of million people, mainly Jews, in gas chambers. Altogether In excess of 400 priests and religious went through the KL Auschwitz, approx. 40% of which were murdered (mainly Poles). (more on: en.auschwitz.org.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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, www.meczennicy.pelplin.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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Radom: The prison in Radom was established in 1817 by the Russian authorities (during partitions of Poland) and operated in the building of the former convent of the Benedictine Sisters. After the start of the German occupation in 09‐10.1939, Germans categorized the prison as a so‐called independent judicial prison, generally supervised by the Justice Department of the Government of the General Governorate, and within the district — by the Justice Department of the Governor's Office of the District of Radom. It was called interchangeably Germ. „Gefängnis Radom” (Eng. „Prison in Radom”) and Germ. „Deutsche Strafanstalt Radom” (Eng. „German prison in Radom”). The prison had three departments: women's, criminal, German, and from the end of 1942, the Germ. „Sonderabteilung” (Eng. „Special department”) managed by the German political police Gestapo. During the World War II, c. 18,000 people — mostly political prisoners — passed through it (14,170 files of inmates have survived). At least several thousand were murdered or taken to concentration camps. The prison operated under German supervision until c. 15.01.1945 (the last transport sent to KL Auschwitz left on 14.01.1945 — it only reached Częstochowa, and the rest of the prisoners were murdered by the Germans). After the end of the military operations of World War II and the beginning of the Russian occupation in 1945, members of Polish independence organizations were held there. On 09.09.1945 armed underground units (Freedom and Independence WiN and National Military Organization NOW, consisting of former members of the Home Army AK, „Jodła” region — part of the former Polish Clandestine State) commanded by Stefan Bembiński „Harnas”, freed 292 inmates, including 60 former Home Army AK soldiers arrested by a unit of the Commie‐Nazi Security Office of the UB (subordinate to the Russian NKVD). (more on: www.polskaniezwykla.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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General Governorate: A separate administrative territorial region set up by the Germans in 1939 after defeat of Poland, which included German‐occupied part of Polish territory that was not directly incorporate into German state. Created as the result of the Ribbentrop‐Molotov Pact, in a political sense, was to recreate the German idea of 1915 (after the defeat of the Russians in the Battle of Gorlice in 05.1915 during World War I) of establishing a Polish enclave within Germany (also called the General Governorate at that time). It was run by the Germans till 1945 and final Russian offensive, and was a part of so‐called Big Germany — Grossdeutschland. Till 31.07.1940 formally known as Germ. Generalgouvernement für die besetzten polnischen Gebiete (Eng. General Governorate for occupied Polish territories) — later as simply Germ. Generalgouvernement (Eng. General Governorate). From 07.1941 expanded to include district Galicia. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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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 Stanislav 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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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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Silesian Uprisings: Three armed interventions of the Polish population against Germany in 1919‐1921 aiming at incorporation of Upper Silesia and Opole region into Poland, after the revival of the Polish state in 1918. Took place in the context of a plebiscite ordered on the basis of the international treaty of Versailles of 28.06.1919, ending the First World War, that was to decide national fate of the disputed lands. The 1st Uprising took place on 16‐24.08.1919 and broke out spontaneously in response to German terror and repression against the Polish population. Covered mainly Pszczyna and Rybnik counties and part of the main Upper Silesia industrial district. Suppressed by the Germans. 2nd Uprising took place on 19‐25.08.1920 in response to numerous acts of terror of the German side. Covered the entire area of the Upper Silesia industrial district and part of the Rybnik county. As a result Poles obtained better conditions for the campaign prior the plebiscite. The poll was conducted on 20.03.1921. The majority of the population — 59.6% — were in favor of Germany, but the results were influenced by the admission of voting from former inhabitants of Upper Silesia living outside Silesia. As a result the 3rd Uprising broke out, the largest such uprising of the Silesian in the 20th century. It lasted from 02.05.1921 to 05.07.1921. Spread over almost the entire area of Upper Silesia. Two large battles took place in the area of St. Anna Mountain and near Olza. As a result on 12.10.1921 the international plebiscite commission decided on a more favorable for Poland division of Upper Silesia. The territory granted to Poland was enlarged to about ⅓ of the disputed territory. Poland accounted for 50% of metallurgy and 76% of coal mines. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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Urns kept at the Am Perlacher Forst cemetery — analysis”, Mr Gregory Wróbel, curator of the Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź, private correspondence, 25.05.2020
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