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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Severin (pl. Seweryn)
Vincent (pl. Wincenty)
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date and place of death
KL Dachauconcentration camp
today: Dachau, Upper Bavaria reg., Bavaria state, Germany
details of death
After the outbreak of the World War I drafted into German army.
Left Vienna in Nowy Targ, under an assumed Jacentowicz name, joined 1st Brigade of the Polish Legions — 6th Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment.
Took part in battles with Russians on Nida river (03‑04.1915), Konary (16‑23.05.1915), on Styr and Stochod rivers (11.1915‑07.1916), in Kostiuchnówka battle (04‑07.1916).
In the summer of 1916 withdrawn with Brigade from the Russian front.
From 09.07.1917, when refused — as most of the soldiers of 1st Brigade — to take an oath of allegiance to the German Keiser, in hiding in eastern Lesser Poland for a year.
On 05.02.1919 joined 7th Riflemen Battalion (later 1st Bytom Riflemen Regiment).
After completing School of Officers in Warsaw in 07.1920 sent back to Upper Silesia, to his family region, the–then awaiting plebiscite to decide its fate.
Immediately took part in the 2.
Silesian Uprising (19‑25.08.1920).
Next joined Polish clandestine military organisation Physical Education Central CWF (successor of Polish Military Organisation for Upper Silesia), from 15.01.1921 renamed as Plebiscite Defense Command DOP.
From 03.1921 commander of DOP in Strzelce county, under nom‑de‑guerre „Wallenstein”.
During 3rd Silesian Uprising in 05.1921 managed to take control of most of the Strzelce county, including his place of birth, Kamień Śląski.
Took part in Polish defense efforts in Góra Świętej Anny (21‑30.05.1921).
After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II participated in defense war of 1939 against Germans — with the 20th Infantry Division of the Polish Armed Forces, part of „Modlin” Army — in the battle of Mława among others.
After 13‑14.09.1939 commander of Pastoral Services „Północ" Defence Line Command, part of Warsaw–East defense line, defending Warsaw–Praga region.
After Warsaw fall on 28.09.1939 interned by the Germans as POW.
On 08.10.1939 in Radziwiłłów n. Skierniewice celebrated his last field Holy Mass to his soldiers, prior to transport to POW camps.
Next interned in POW camps, such Oflag IV A Hohnstein and Oflag IX A/Z Rotenburg.
From there on 18.04.1940 as POW prisoner, in contravention of Hague conventions, transported to KL Buchenwald concentration camp, and finally on 06‑07.07.1942 to KL Dachau concentration camp where was murdered — after the camp was notified by German political police Gestapo from Pszczyna about his activities in free Poland, especially his contribution in battles in Upper Silesia.
alt. details of death
According to other sources after volunteering and joining 7th Riflemen Battalion (later 1st Bytom Riflemen Regiment) — formally set up on 04.02.1919 in Częstochowa but formed on 15.05.1919 — prob. took part in border skirmishes with Germans, among others n. Wieruszów, and next in Polish–Russian war of 1920.
Prob. sent with his unit to Hoduciszki on the Lithuanian front and there on 02.06.1919 took part in Rybczany battle, where Russian offensive of gen.
Tuchaczewski was halted for a short time.
Then (or after Warsaw battle of 08.1920) was to return to his home Silesia.
cause of death
date and place of birth
Kamień Śląskitoday: Gogolin gm., Krapkowice pow., Opole voiv., Poland
alt. dates and places of birth
presbyter (holy orders)/
29.06.1927 (Lvivtoday: Lviv city rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine
others related in death
BELONClick to display biography Zdislaus Anthony, BRYDACKIClick to display biography Louis, DACHTERAClick to display biography Francis, DRWALClick to display biography Francis, FRANCUZClick to display biography John, GÓRALIKClick to display biography John, KLARZAKClick to display biography Joseph, KRYŃSKIClick to display biography Adolph, LISSOWSKIClick to display biography Ceslaus Joseph, MICHUŁKAClick to display biography John, MIEGOŃClick to display biography Vladislav, STOPCZAKClick to display biography Marian, SYPERClick to display biography Stanislaus, SZABELSKIClick to display biography Edward, ŚWIDEREKClick to display biography Vladislav, TOMIAKClick to display biography Joseph, TRUSSClick to display biography Boleslaus Cyriac, ZAKRZEWSKIClick to display biography John, ZIEMIAŃSKIClick to display biography Michael Urban, ZIĘBAClick to display biography Adalbert
camps (+ prisoner no)
KL Dachau (prisoner no: 31211Click 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: 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. 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 webpage
KL Buchenwald (prisoner no: 599Click to display biography): In KL Buchenwald concentration camp, founded in 1937 and operational till 1945, Germans held c. 238,380 prisoners and murdered approx. 56,000 of them, among them thousands of Poles. Prisoners were victims of pseudo–scientific experiments, conducted among others by Behring–Werke from Marburg and Robert Koch Institute from Berlin companies. They slaved for Gustloff in Weimar and Fritz–Sauckel companies manufacturing armaments. To support Erla–Maschinenwerk GmbH in Leipzig, Junkers in Schönebeck (airplanes) and Rautal in Wernigerode Germans organized special sub–camps. In 1945 there were more than 100 such sub–camps. Dora concentration camp was initially one of them, as well as KL Ravensbrück sub–camps (from 08.1944). On 08.04.1945 Polish prisoner, Mr Guido Damazyn, used clandestinely constructed short wave transmitter to sent, together with a Russian prisoner, a short message begging for help. It was received and he got a reply: „KZ Bu. Hold out. Rushing to your aid. Staff of Third Army” (American). Three days later the camp was liberated. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Oflag IX C Rotenburg an der Fulda: German POW prisoner of war camp for officers in Rotenburg an der Fulda in Hesse. C. 60‑70 Polish Catholic priests, most of them military chaplains, captured by the Germans in 09.1939 during German invasion of Poland, were held POW there from 12.1939. In preparations for invasion of France all on 18.04.1940 were sent — in contravention of Geneva conventions of 27.07.1929 — to KL Buchenwald concentration camps. From 06.1940 Germ. Zweiglager (Eng. sub–camp) of Oflag IX A/H Spangenberg and renamed Oflag IX A/Z. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Oflag IV A Hohnstein: German POW camp for Polish officers. Located in XV century Hohnstein castle in Saxony, on 40‑meters high rock. Founded on 01.10.1939. On 15.05.1940 most of the prisoners were moved to Oflag IV B Königstein. All the remaining were moved to other camps in 10.1940. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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
Polish-Russian war of 1919—21: War for independence of Poland and its borders. Poland regained independence in 1918 but had to fight for its borders with former imperial powers, in particular Russia. Russia planned to incite Bolshevik–like revolutions in the Western Europe and thus invaded Poland. Russian invaders were defeated in 08.1920 in a battle called Warsaw battle („Vistula river miracle”, one of the 10 most important battles in history, according to some historians). Thanks to this victory Poland recaptured part of the lands lost during partitions of Poland in XVIII century, and Europe was saved from the genocidal Communism. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Silesian Uprisings: Three armed interventions of the Polish population against Germany in 1919‑21 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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