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surname

KOLFENBACH

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

forename(s)
versions/aliases

Joseph (pl. Josef)

function

religious cleric

creed

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

congregation

Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer CSsRmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

(i.e. Redemptorists)

diocese / province

Wrocław Vice-Province CSsR
Warmia diocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2018.09.02]

nationality

German

date and place
of death

31.03.1945

UkhtIzhemLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: Izhemsky reg., Komi rep., Russia

details of death

After fall of Radostowo during Russian offensive of 1944‑1945 — at the end of the World War II started in 09.1939 by German and Russian invasion of Poland and continued after German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians — invited at the end of 02.1945 by the Russians to visit local military command centre.

There arrested on the spot and taken to Lidzbark Warmiński.

There held for 10 days in a low–ceiling cellar, unable to stand for his height upright.

From there taken to Bartoszyce and next to a transit camp in Insterburg.

Beaten.

Contracted diarrhea.

On 06.03.1945 put a train and sent eastwards, to Russia — without even a blanket, in a freight car, together with 46 prisoners, men and women.

On 27.03.1945 — through Moscow — the train reached its destination: camp no 225 (3rd colony) in Izhma district of Komi republic (c. 2,000 km northeast from Moscow, c. 1,200 km east from Arkhangelsk) — some of the prisoners perished in transport.

In the camp where c. 300 inmates were held death rate stood at 10 prisoners daily — altogether 75% of those held captive died there.

Himself perished as well.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Russians

date and place
of birth

02.01.1905

Bad Honneftoday: Rhein–Sieg dist., Cologne reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]

religious vows

06.04.1924 (temporary)

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

06.04.1929 (Geistingentoday: district of Hennef (Sieg), Rhein–Sieg–Kreis dist., Cologne reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
de.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]
)

positions held

1941 – 1945

administrator — Radostowotoday: Jeziorany gm., Olsztyn pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ St George RC parish ⋄ Jezioranytoday: Jeziorany gm., Olsztyn pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery

administrator — Dywitytoday: Dywity gm., Olsztyn pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.04.12]
⋄ St Simon and St Judas Thaddaeus the Apostles RC parish ⋄ Olsztyntoday: Olsztyn city pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery

from 1935

friar — Braniewotoday: Braniewo urban gm., Braniewo pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.02.14]
⋄ St Clement Maria Hofbauer Congregation's house, Redemptorists CSsR

1930 – 1935

friar — Głogówtoday: Głogów gm., Głogów pov., Lower Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2010.08.11]
⋄ St Clement Maria Hofbauer Congregation's house, Redemptorists CSsR

till 1929

student — Geistingentoday: district of Hennef (Sieg), Rhein–Sieg–Kreis dist., Cologne reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
de.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]
⋄ Higher Theologica Seminary, i.e. Studentate, monastery, Redemptorists CSsR

till 06.04.1924

novitiate — Luxembourg Citytoday: Luxembourg can., Luxembourg dist., Luxemburg
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.07.16]
⋄ Congregation's house, Redemptorists CSsR

murder sites
camp 
(+ prisoner no)

UkhtIzhemLag: Russian complex of concentration camps (Uktha–Izhma ITL, part of Gulag penal system) founded on 10.05.1938 as a result of the split of UkhtPechLag concentration camp complex with HQ in Chibyu (Ukhta) in Izhma river region, in Komi republic. Divided into a number of separate concentration subcamps. At peak in excess of 30,000 prisoners slaved at mines and processing plants (in oil and other materials). The number started to go down in c. 1953, the year of Joseph Stalin, Russian genocidal leader’s death, and in 1955, when UkhtIzhemLag was incorporated into another complex of Russian concentration camps, PechorLag, reached c. 6,000 inmates. Many Poles brought in 1939 after Russian invasion of Poland, Germans (including German women from Volga region) and nationals of Baltic countries (mainly after 1944) were held there. (more on: www.gulagmuseum.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

Gulag: The acronym Gulag comes from the Rus. Главное управление исправительно–трудовых лагерей и колоний (Eng. Main Board of Correctional Labor Camps). The network of Russian concentration camps for slave labor was formally established by the decision of the highest Russian authorities on 27.06.1929. Control was taken over by the OGPU, the predecessor of the genocidal NKVD (from 1934) and the MGB (from 1946). Individual gulags (camps) were often established in remote, sparsely populated areas, where industrial or transport facilities important for the Russian state were built. They were modeled on the first „great construction of communism”, the White Sea–Baltic Canal (1931‑1932), and Naftali Frenkel, of Jewish origin, is considered the creator of the system of using forced slave labor within the Gulag. Up to 12 mln prisoners were held there at one time, i.e. c. 5% of Russia's population. In his book „The Gulag Archipelago”, Alexander Solzhenitsyn estimated that c. 60 mln people were killed in the Gulag until 1956. Formally dissolved on 20.01.1960. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
, en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

Insterburg: Russian transit camp, set up after capture on 21‑22.01.1945 of Insterburg by the Russians, for German population of East Prussia — on the site of the DL Insterburg camp, i.e. the German prisoner of war camp Germ. Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe (Eng. Air Force Transit Camp), managed by the German Luftwaffe Air Force, where the Germans held, among others, French and British — one of concentration centers of defeated Germans marked for slave work in Russia. In Insterburg (pl. Wystruć, now: Chernyakhovsk) and in nearby Yurbork c. 60,000 people were held: men, women, girls and old. All were transported — in rail transfers lasting 4‑7 weeks, without hot food, proper sanitation — to Russians slave labour camps. Many perished before reaching destination… (more on: bazhum.muzhp.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.02]
)

Deportation of Germans to Russia in 1945: On 06.02.1945 Russian State Defence Committee issued an order to intern all Germans, mainly men, able to work from the German territories captured by Russian army and transport them into Russia — to slave labour camps in Donbas region in Ukraine, to industrial centers in Ural mountains, to Russian occupied Belarus, etc. — in order to rebuild destroyed by the war Russia. It was planned to use c. 500,000 Germans, 17‑50 years old, although in practice much older were also arrested. From Upper Silesia only c. 90,000 Germans and Poles were deported 20% of which returned after many years. Among the victims were members of Polish clandestine Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State) fighting with Germans. Tens of thousands were deported from Warmia and Mazurian regions. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.11.18]
)

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 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
[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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