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religious status

blessed

surname

GRZYMAŁA

forename(s)

Edward

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beatification date

13.06.1999more on
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John Paul IImore on
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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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diocese / province

Włocławek diocesemore on
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academic distinctions

Doctor of Canon Law

date and place of death

10.08.1942

TA HartheimSchloss Hartheim „euthanasia” center
today: Alkoven, Eferding dist., Salzburg, Austria

alt. dates and places of death

11.09.1942 (KL Dachau „death certificate” date)

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, nominated — as a result of arrests of many priests by the Germans — vicar general of northern parts of Włocławek diocese.

As such visited many orphaned parishes.

Finally on 26.08.1940 arrested by the Germans himself.

Jailed in Szczeglin transit camp and next on 29.08.1940 transported to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

From there on 13‑14.12.1940 transported to KL Dachau concentration camp.

Finally in a „transport of invalids” taken to TA Hartheim Euthanasia Center where perished murdered in a gas chamber.

cause of death

extermination: gassing in a gas chamber

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

29.09.1906

Kołodziążtoday: Sadowne gm., Węgrów pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

14.06.1931 (Włocławek cathedral)

positions held

1939 – 1940

vicar general {dioc.: Włocławek; northern regions (deaneries)}

1939 – 1940

parish priest {parish: Aleksandrów Kujawskitoday: Aleksandrów Kujawski gm., Aleksandrów Kujawski pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, Transfiguration of the Lord; dean.: Nieszawatoday: Nieszawa gm., Aleksandrów Kujawski pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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}

1938 – 1939

prefect {Włocławektoday: Włocławek city pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, State Mechanical Gymnasium}

1938 – 1939

defender of the marriage bond {Włocławektoday: Włocławek city pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, Bishop's Diocesan Court}

1938 – 1939

second secretary {Włocławektoday: Włocławek city pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, Diocesan Curia; dioc.: Włocławek}

1936 – 1938

vicar {parish: Kalisztoday: Kalisz city pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
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, collegiate parish Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: North Kaliszdeanery name
today: Kalisz city pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland

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}

1935 – 1936

prefect {parish: Konintoday: Konin city pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
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, St Bartholomew the Apostle; dean.: Konintoday: Konin city pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.19
}, [Coeducational Humanities Gymnasium /till 1937/, State Gymnasium and Lyceum /od 1937/]

1935

vicar {parish: Lipnotoday: Lipno gm., Lipno pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, main parish Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Lipnotoday: Lipno gm., Lipno pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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}

1931 – 1935

PhD student {Rometoday: Rome prov., Lazio reg., Italy
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, Pontifical Gregorian University (Lat. Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana) – „Gregorianum”}, PhD thesis Lat. „Ratio sacra in matrimonio canonico et civili” (Eng. „Ratio Sacra — Appeal unto the rational world — in canon and civil marriage”)

1931

vicar {parish: Tuliszkówtoday: Tuliszków gm., Turek pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
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, St Vitus the Martyr; dean.: Tuliszkówtoday: Tuliszków gm., Turek pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2020.11.05
}

1926 – 1931

student {Włocławektoday: Włocławek city pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

{author of many articles published in „Priestly Atheneum”}

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murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

TA Hartheim: In Germ. Tötungsanstalt TA Hartheim (Eng. Killing/Euthanasia Center), in Schloss Hartheim castle in Alkoven village in Upper Austria, belonging to KL Mauthausen–Gusen complex of concentration camps, as part of „Aktion T4”, the victims — underdeveloped mentally — were murdered by Germans in gas chambers. In 04.1941 Germans expanded the program to include prisoners held in concentration camps. Most if not all religious from KL Dachau were taken to Hartheim in so called „transports of invalids” (denoted as „Aktion 14 f 13”) — prisoners sick and according to German standards „unable to work” — from KL Dachau concentration camp (initially under the guise of a transfer to a „better” camp).
Note: The dates of death of victims murdered in Schloss Hartheim indicated in the „White Book” are the dates of deportations from the last concentration camp the victims where held in. The real dates of death are unknown — apart from c. 49 priests whose names were included in the „transports of invalids”, but who did arrive at TA Hartheim. Prob. perished on the day of transport, somewhere between KL Dachau and Munich, and their bodies were thrown out of the transport and cremated in Munich. The investigation conducted by Polish Institute of National Remembrance IPN concluded, that the other victims were murdered immediately upon arrival in Schloss Hartheim, bodies cremated and the ashes spread over local fields and into Danube river. In order to hide details of the genocided Germans falsified both dates of death (for instance those entered into KL Dachau concentration camp books, presented in „White Book” as alternative dates of death) and their causes. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.05.30)

Aktion T4: German euthanasia program, systematic murder of people mentally retarded, chronically, mentally and neurologically ill — „elimination of live not worth living” (Germ. „Vernichtung von lebensunwertem Leben”). In a peak, in 1940‑1, c. 70,000 people were murdered, including patients of psychiatric hospitals in German occupied Poland. From 04.1941 also mentally ill and „disabled” (i.e. unable to work) prisoners held in German concentration camps were included in the program — denoted then as „Aktion 14 f 13”. C. 20,000 inmates were then murdered, including Polish catholic priests held in KL Dachau concentration camp, who were murdered in Hartheim gas chambers. The other „regional extension” of Aktion T4 was „Aktion Brandt” program during which Germans murdered chronically ill patients in order to make space for wounded soldiers. It is estimated that at least 30,000 were murdered in this program. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.10.31)

KL Dachau (prisoner no: 22664Click to display biography): KL Dachau in German Bavaria, set up in 1933, became the main concentration camp for Catholic priests and religious during II World War: Germans imprisoned there approx. 3,000 priests, including 1,800 Poles. They were forced to slave at so‑called „Plantags”, doing manual field works, at constructions, including crematorium. In the barracks ruled hunger, freezing cold in the winter and suffocating heat during the summer. 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: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2016.05.30)

KL Sachsenhausen (prisoner no: 030059): In KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp, set up in the former Olympic village in 07.1936, hundreds of Polish priests were held in 1940, before being transported to KL Dachau. Some of them perished in KL Sachsenhausen. Murderous medical experiments on prisoners were carried out in the camp. In 1942‑4 c. 140 prisoners slaved at manufacturing false British pounds, passports, visas, stamps and other documents. Other prisoners also had to do slave work, for Heinkel aircraft manufacturer, AEG and Siemens among others. On average c. 50,000 prisoners were held at any time. Altogether more than 200,000 inmates were in jailed in KL Sachsenhausen and its branched, out of which tens of thousands perished. Prior to Russian arrival mass evacuation was ordered by the Germans and c. 80,000 prisoners were marched west in so‑called „death marches” to other camps, i.e. KL Mauthausen–Gusen and KL Bergen–Belsen. The camp got liberated on 22.04.1945. After end of armed hostilities Germans set up there secret camp for German prisoners and „suspicious” Russian soldiers. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2018.11.18)

Szczeglin: Transit and labour camp, operational from 01.10.1939 till 15.09.1940. Germans kept there approx. 4,600 Poles before transporting them to concentration camps. Among others on 29.08.1940 Germans sent from Szczeglin 188 Polish priests to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Approx. 150 of those held in Szczeglin were murdered — some in the camp itself, the others in an execution site in Świerkowice forest. (more on: www.dsh.waw.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.06.23)

26.08.1940 arrests (Warthegau): As part of strategy formulated by the Gaulaiter of German‑occupied Wartheland, Artur Greiser, implementing „Ohne Gott, ohne Religion, ohne Priesters und Sakramenten” — „without God, without religion, without priest and sacrament” — policy, hundreds of Polish priests were arrested on this day. They were jailed, together with priests arrested previously and held in Ląd on Warta river camp, among others, in Szczeglin transit camp n. Mogilno. Three days later all were transferred to KL Sachsenhausen 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 webpageaccess: 2015.09.30)

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