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

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XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

KŁAPKOWSKI

forename(s)

Vladislav (pl. Władysław)

  • KŁAPKOWSKI Vladislav - Commemorative plaque for priests and seminarians from Łomża diocese who perished in 1939-45, cathedral, Łomża-45, cathedral, Łomża, source: own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKŁAPKOWSKI Vladislav
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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
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[access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Łomża diocesemore on
www.kuria.lomza.pl
[access: 2012.11.23]

Sejny diocesemore on
www.catholic-hierarchy.org
[access: 2021.12.19]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Church History
Philosopy MA
Sacred Theology MA

date and place
of death

1940

Komornicki foresttoday: Działdowo gm., Działdowo pov., Warmia‐Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]

alt. dates and places
of death

31.05.1940

KL Soldauconcentration camp
today: Działdowo, Działdowo urban gm., Działdowo pov., Warmia‐Masuria voiv., Poland

more on
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[access: 2018.09.02]

details of death

After German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (Russians invaded Poland 17 days later) and start of the World War II, a few days after fall of Łomża on 11‐12.09.1939 and start of German occupation, arrested by the Germans together with Fr Francis Wądołowski.

Jailed in KL Hohenbruch concentration camp.

On 17.01.1940 transferred to KL Soldau concentration camp (then operated as DL Soldau, i.e. transit camp) where perished.

In the White Book it is assumed that was murdered in a nearby Komorniki forests in a mass execution during genocidal Germ. «Intelligenzaktion», extermination of Polish ruling classes and intelligentsia.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

05.06.1899

Wola Komborskatoday: Korczyna gm., Krosno pov., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

14.09.1924

positions held

1938 – 1939

professor — Łomżatoday: Łomża city pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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⋄ Theological Seminary — ecturer of patrology; also: seminary librarian

1938 – 1939

head/manager — Łomżatoday: Łomża city pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ Diocesan Archives — also: censor of religious books

1932 – 1938

professor — Sejnytoday: Sejny urban gm., Sejny pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ history, St Casimir's Higher Classical Bishop's gymnasium (Junior Seminary) — also: tutor in a boarding school

1930 – 1932

student — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ history, Department of Humanities, University of Warsaw [i.e. University of Warsaw (from 1945) / clandestine University (1939‐1945) / Joseph Piłsudski University (1935‐1939) / University of Warsaw (1915‐1935) / Imperial University of Warsaw (1870‐1915)] — post–doctoral specialist studies, crowned in 06.1932 with a diploma thesis „Conciliar–synodal work of Bishop Andrew Łaskarz” and the title of Master of Philosophy in the field of history of the Church

c. 1929 – 1930

PhD student — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Church history, Department of Catholic Theology, University of Warsaw [i.e. University of Warsaw (from 1945) / clandestine University (1939‐1945) / Joseph Piłsudski University (1935‐1939) / University of Warsaw (1915‐1935) / Imperial University of Warsaw (1870‐1915)] — PhD thesis „Church activity of Bishop Adalbert Jastrzębiec”, public defense on 07.06.1930, ed. Warsaw 1932

1926 – 1929

student — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Church history, Department of Catholic Theology, University of Warsaw [i.e. University of Warsaw (from 1945) / clandestine University (1939‐1945) / Joseph Piłsudski University (1935‐1939) / University of Warsaw (1915‐1935) / Imperial University of Warsaw (1870‐1915)] — postgraduate specialised studies of Church history crowned with Sacred Theology Master's degree

c. 1925 – 1926

prefect — Sejnytoday: Sejny urban gm., Sejny pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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⋄ St Casimir's Higher Classical Bishop's gymnasium (Junior Seminary) ⋄ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Sejnytoday: Sejny urban gm., Sejny pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery — also: Polish language teacher

c. 1924 – 1925

vicar — Sejnytoday: Sejny urban gm., Sejny pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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⋄ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC collegiate parish ⋄ Sejnytoday: Sejny urban gm., Sejny pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery — also: prefect of elementary schools

1921 – 1924

student — Łomżatoday: Łomża city pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

author of many works on the history of Sejny and the surrounding area, including „Pastoral care and education in the estate of the Camaldolese monastery in Wigry”, Sejny 1933; „The fight for the Polish school in Sejny 1906‐1919”, 2021; „Dominican Convent in Sejny”, Sejny, 2005; „Foundation and endowment of churches in Przerośl and Puńsk”, Vilnius 1938; and articles in „Collectanea Theologica

others related
in death

WĄDOŁOWSKIClick to display biography Francis, BAGDZIŃSKIClick to display biography Mieczyslav, BIAŁYClick to display biography Vladislav, CHWIŁOWICZClick to display biography Mieczyslav, CIBOROWSKIClick to display biography Thaddeus, JANKOWSKIClick to display biography Anthony, KEMPIŃSKIClick to display biography Stanislav, KLEPACZEWSKIClick to display biography Louis, KRYSIAKClick to display biography Andrew, KRYSIŃSKIClick to display biography John Julian, KURACHClick to display biography Anthony, LATARSKIClick to display biography Joseph, ŁADAClick to display biography Alexander, MIASTKOWSKIClick to display biography Anthony, MORAWSKIClick to display biography Michael, PAWLAKClick to display biography Anthony, PIEŃKOWSKIClick to display biography Vladislav, PŁOSZAJClick to display biography Stanislav, RAMOTOWSKIClick to display biography Vladislav, ROGIŃSKIClick to display biography Joseph Stanislav, ROSZKOWSKIClick to display biography Ceslav, STEFAŃCZYKClick to display biography Faustinus, SZCZEPANOWSKIClick to display biography Stanislav Felix, SZCZODROWSKIClick to display biography Marian, SZYMCZYKClick to display biography Joseph

murder sites
camp 
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Komorniki forests: Series of mass murders perpetrated by Germans at the bottom of Komorniki Hill, c. 6 km from Działdowo. Victims were Poles, representatives of Germ. Führungsschicht (Eng. Leading Classes), teachers, Catholic priests, office workers, farmers, political and social activists — prisoners of then DL Soldau Germ. „Durchgangslager für polnische Zivilgefangene” (Eng. „transit camp for Polish civilian POWs”). The first of the murders was prob. in 12.1939, on 34 teachers in Ciechanów county. Later prisoners transported from KL Hohenbruch, AbL Rudau, AbL AbL Groß‐Mischen, AbL Baydritten, Stalag I B Hohenstein camps in East Prussia, arrested earlier, were murdered. The victims were brought to the execution site — the trenches of 8 m × 6 m × 2 m were dug out earlier — in trucks and murdered from machine guns fire. Some individuals were executed in DL Soldau camp itself — in the basements of one of camp’s buildings. There they were killed with single shots to the head and bodies were subsequently buried in Komorniki forests. Altogether c. 1,500 people were murdered then, including c. 26. Catholic priests. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2020.07.31]
)

KL Soldau: German Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) KL Soldau (in modern Działdowo city) — since the pre‐war Polish Działdowo county was incorporated into Germ. Regierungsbezirk Allenstein (Eng. Olsztyn regency) the camp was located in occupied territories where general German law was in force, i.e. in Germany proper — was founded in 09.1939, when in former barracks of 32nd Infantry Regiment of Polish Army Germans set up a temporary camp for POW captured during September 1939 campaign. In autumn 1939 was also used as police jail. In 1939‐1940 changed into Germ. Durchgangslager für polnische Zivilgefangene (Eng. Transit Camp for Polish Civilians), prior to transport to other concentration camps. In reality it was used then as a place of extermination of Polish intelligentsia within Germ. «Intelligenzaktion» genocidal program and extermination of sick and disabled within «Aktion T4» program. Next in 05.1940 the camp was changed again into Germ. Arbeitserziehungslager (Eng. Work Education Camp), and finally into penal comp for criminal and political prisoners, most of whom were sentenced to death. In 1939‐1941 Germans imprisoned, maltreated and tortured in KL Soldau hundreds of Polish priests and religious. Approx. 80 priests, religious and nuns perished. They were murdered in the camp itself, by a shot into a head, or in places of mass executions in nearby forests — Białuty forest, Malinowo forets, Komorniki. Dates and precise locations of these murders remain unknown. Altogether in KL Soldau approx. 15,000 prisoners were murdered, including thousands victims — patients of psychiatric institutions (within «Aktion T4» plan). (more on: mazowsze.hist.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.17]
, en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.02]
)

KL Hohenbruch: German Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) KL Hohenbruch and forced labour camp, mainly for Poles — e.g. captured during «Intelligenzaktion» — in operation in 1939‐1944/1945 in East Prussia, n. Konigsberg. Prisoners — a few thousands — slaved mainly at forest clearances and swamp draining. C. 200 perished murdered. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.17]
)

«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
[access: 2014.10.04]
)

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
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

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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