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

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  • KAŁUŻA Francis Matthew; source: „Suffering and love – Jesuit Servants of God – II World War martyrs”, WAM, Cracow, 2009, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKAŁUŻA Francis Matthew
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religious status

Servant of God

surname

KAŁUŻA

forename(s)

Francis Matthew (pl. Franciszek Mateusz)

  • KAŁUŻA Francis Matthew - Commemorative plaque, St Mary Magdalene parish church, Cieszyn, source: www.miejscapamiecinarodowej.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKAŁUŻA Francis Matthew
    Commemorative plaque, St Mary Magdalene parish church, Cieszyn
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  • KAŁUŻA Francis Matthew - Commemorative plaque, Jesuits church, Cracow, Kopernika str., source: www.sowiniec.com.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKAŁUŻA Francis Matthew
    Commemorative plaque, Jesuits church, Cracow, Kopernika str.
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  • KAŁUŻA Francis Matthew - Commemorative plaque, Christ the King cathedral, Katowice, source: own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKAŁUŻA Francis Matthew
    Commemorative plaque, Christ the King cathedral, Katowice
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    Commemorative plaque, Finucaine Center, Rockhurst Jesuit University, Kansas City
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  • KAŁUŻA Francis Matthew - Commemorative plaque, Holy Ghost church, Nowy Sącz, source: www.miejscapamiecinarodowej.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKAŁUŻA Francis Matthew
    Commemorative plaque, Holy Ghost church, Nowy Sącz
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function

religious cleric

creed

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

congregation

Society of Jesus SImore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.09.21]

(i.e. Jesuits)

diocese / province

Lesser Poland Province SI (from 1926)
Polish Province SI (1918‐1926)
Katowice diocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

Wrocław archdiocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

honorary titles

Gold „Cross of Meritmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2019.04.16]

date and place
of death

19.01.1941

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

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2016.05.30]

details of death

In 1938, after the Munich Agreement (Munich Dictate) — the agreement concluded on 29—30.09.1938 between Germany, Italy, Great Britain and France, by which Germany divided Czechoslovakia — and the annexation of Zaolzie (part of Cieszyn Silesia), inhabited mostly by Poles, to Poland, returned to his home region, taking over a parish and a residence in Český Těšín.

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after start of German occupation, arrested by the Germans on 03.11.1939.

Imprisoned in Cieszyn jail.

In 04.1940 transported to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Finally on 14.12.1940 brought to KL Dachau concentration camp where was tortured and perished totally exhausted in camps' „hospital”.

cause of death

extermination: exhaustion and starvation

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

18.09.1877

Kowaletoday: Skoczów gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]

religious vows

02.02.1932 (permanent)

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

22/23.07.1903 (Wrocławtoday: Wrocław city pov., Lower Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.04.02]
)

positions held

1938 – 1939

parish priest — Cieszyn ZachodniTrans‐Olza
today: Český Těšín, Karviná dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

more on
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[access: 2022.07.21]
⋄ residence, Jesuits SI ⋄ Sacred Heart of Jesus RC parish ⋄ JablunkovTrans‐Olza
today: Frýdek‐Místek dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery — also: superior of the residency (mission station)

1933 – 1938

parish priest — Rudaform.: Glückauf colony
today: district in Ruda Śląska, Ruda Śląska city pov., Silesia voiv., Poland

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ residence, Jesuits SI ⋄ Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary RC parish ⋄ Rudaform.: Glückauf colony
today: district in Ruda Śląska, Ruda Śląska city pov., Silesia voiv., Poland

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery — also: superior of the residency (mission station)

1930 – 1933

superior — Lvivtoday: Lviv urban hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv, Ukraine
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.16]
⋄ St Peter and St Paul the Apostles monastery, Jesuits SI

1929 – 1930

superior — Bucharesttoday: city Bucharest, Romania
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ residence, Jesuits SI

1926 – 1929

superior — Krakówtoday: Kraków city pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ St Barbara monastery, Jesuits SI

c. 1925 – c. 1926

deputy superior — Staniątkitoday: Niepołomice gm., Wieliczka pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ resident, St Adalbert Abbey, Benedictine Nuns OSB — also: director of the school run by Benedictine Nuns of Immaculate Conception

c. 1925

friar — Stanislavivtoday: Ivano‐Frankivsk, Stanislaviv/Ivano‐Frankivsk rai., Stanislaviv/Ivano‐Frankivsk, Ukraine
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.11.20]
⋄ St Stanislav Kostka the Confessor monastery, Jesuits SI — operarius and catechist

1923 – c. 1924

friar — Krakówtoday: Kraków city pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ monastery (by the Holiest Heart of Jesus church), Jesuits SI — moderator of Catholic associations, retreatist to the Silesian clergy

1922 – 1923

Third Probation — Dziedzicetoday: neighborhood in Czechowice‐Dziedzice, Czechowice‐Dziedzice gm., Bielsko‐Biała pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.19]
⋄ St Joseph monastery (Retreat House), Jesuits SI — referred to as „ study of spirituality and canon law

c. 1921 – c. 1922

novitiate — Stara Wieśtoday: Brzozów gm., Brzozów pov., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary monastery, Jesuits SI

25.09.1921

accession — Stara Wieśtoday: Brzozów gm., Brzozów pov., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary monastery, Jesuits SI

1908 – 1921

chancellor — Cieszyntoday: Cieszyn gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ General Vicariate for Austrian Silesia ⋄ General Vicariate for Austrian Silesia — also: general counselor, secretary

1908 – 1921

vicar — Cieszyntoday: Cieszyn gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ St Mary Magdalene RC parish ⋄ Cieszyntoday: Cieszyn gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery — formal posting

1904 – 1908

vicar — LazyTrans‐Olza
today: part of Orlová, Orlová r. mun., Karviná dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.02.15]
⋄ St John of Nepomuk the Martyr RC chapel ⋄ OrlováTrans‐Olza
today: Karviná dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.07.16]
, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ KarvináTrans‐Olza
today: Karviná dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery — resident in Lazy

till 1903

student — Vidnavatoday: Jeseník dist., Olomouc reg., Czechia
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

others related
in death

ADAMECKIClick to display biography Joseph, BARABASZClick to display biography John Nepomucene, GALOCZClick to display biography Clement, KAŁUŻAClick to display biography Charles, KUKLAClick to display biography Stanislav, KULAClick to display biography Joseph, OLSZAKClick to display biography Henry, PAŹDZIORAClick to display biography Augustine, SZYMECZEKClick to display biography Frederick, TOMANEKClick to display biography Rudolph, WRZOŁClick to display biography Louis, KNYPSClick to display biography Louis, MAROSZClick to display biography John, PŁOSZEKClick to display biography Rudolph, SOSNAClick to display biography Charles

murder sites
camp 
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KL Dachau (prisoner no: 22748Click 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
[access: 2013.08.10]
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[access: 2016.05.30]
)

KL Sachsenhausen (prisoner no: 18319): In Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) KL Sachsenhausen, 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 1942‐1944 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 webpage
[access: 2018.11.18]
)

Cieszyn: Remand jail run by German political police Gestapo — in the southern part (today: Czech) of town — and investigative prison — in northern (Polish) side, on the other bank of Olza river — run by Germans. In 1940 the prisoners were initially held in Cieszyn jail but next, due to an overcrowding, taken to former Josef and Jacob Kohn furniture manufacturing plant, by Frydecka Str. and Jabłonkowa Str. junction on the southern bank of Olza, where a transit camp was set up. The prisoners — more than 1,000 Poles went through the camp — were interrogated and whipped with horsewhips, prior to being sent to German concentration camps. (more on: www.sw.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.10]
)

«Intelligenzaktion Schlesien»: A planned action of arrests and extermination of Polish Upper Silesia intellectual elite in general recorded in a proscription list called „Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen” — participants of Upper Silesia uprisings, former Polish plebiscite activists, journalists, politicians, intellectuals, civil servants, priests — organised by Germans mainly in 04‐05.1940, aiming at total Germanisation of the region. The relevant decree, no IV‐D2‐480/40, was issued by the RSHA, i.e. Germ. Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Eng. Reich Security Office), and signed by Heinrich Himmler or Reinhard Heydrich. Some of those arrested were murdered in mass executions, some were deported to the German‐run General Governorate, and some were sent to concentration camps. The personal details of 3,047 people deported within two months of 1940 were established. Among the victims were 33 Catholic priests, 22 of whom perished in concentration camps (the clergy were sent — in 5 transports — first to KL Dachau, and then to KL Gusen, where they slaved in quarries). Altogether, the Germans murdered c. 2,000 members of the Polish Upper Silesia intellectual elite. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2016.05.30]
)

«Intelligenzaktion»: (Eng. „Action Intelligentsia”) — extermination program of Polish elites, mainly intelligentsia, executed by the Germans right from the start of the occupation in 09.1939 till around 05.1940, mainly on the lands directly incorporated into Germany but also in the so‐called General Governorate where it was called «AB‐aktion». During the first phase right after start of German occupation of Poland implemented as Germ. Unternehmen „Tannenberg” (Eng. „Tannenberg operation”) — plan based on proscription lists of Poles worked out by (Germ. Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen), regarded by Germans as specially dangerous to the German Reich. List contained names of c. 61,000 Poles. Altogether during this genocide Germans methodically murdered c. 50,000 teachers, priests, landowners, social and political activists and retired military. Further 50,000 were sent to concentration camps where most of them perished. (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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, www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
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