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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Henry (pl. Henryk)
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date and place of death
Wronkitoday: Wronki gm., Szamotuły pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
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, became in 1940 chaplain to „Black Legion”, Polish Clandestine resistance organisation active in Gostyń in Greater Poland region, part of Polish Clandestine State.
In 04.1941 the organization was infiltrated and smashed by the Germans.
Arrested by the Germans on 11.04.1941, on Good Friday, in his parish church where was praying.
Jailed in Gostyń and next in Rawicz prison. Maltreated and tortured.
On 27.10.1941 transported to Zwickau heavy prison.
Treated as German citizen and in 04.1942 sentenced in Zwickau to 5 years of hard labor (12 members of „Black Legion” were sentenced to death on guillotine, dozens to prison terms ‑ 38 of them perished in jails).
Jailed in Darmstadt, Eich and finally in Wronki.
There tortured and murdered by the Germans.
cause of death
date and place of birth
Stare Kramskotoday: Babimost gm., Zielona Góra pow., Lubusz voiv., Poland
alt. dates and places of birth
presbyter (holy orders)/
06.06.1937 (Praguetoday: Prague miasto reg., Czechia)
camps (+ prisoner no)
Wronki: Penal prison in 1939‑45 managed by the Germans — called Strafgefüngnis Wronki — for the prisoners sentenced to 6 months to 2 years incarceration, mainly Poles. Altogether up to 28,000 inmates were held there. After 1945 it was a jail for political prisoners, “enemies” of Russian‑Polish Commie‑Nazis. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.08.17)
KL Zwickau / Schloß Osterstein: A heavy German prison in Zwickau in Saxony, founded in 1770‑5 at the Schloß Osterstein castle. In the XIX c., among its detainees were Karl May, August Bebel, Rosa Luxemburg. During World War II, prob. had the status of KL Zwickau / Schloß Osterstein concentration camp and political prisoners were held there under an extralegal system, euphemistically known as the German Schutzhaft (Eng. protective custody). Prisoners, living in overcrowded cells, slave laboured in the city receiving starvation rations. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2010.08.11)
Rawicz: German penal institution and investigative prison. After cessation of war campaigns a prison run by commi–nazi Russian occupiers. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.08.17)
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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