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st Sigismund
Roman Catholic parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese
Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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  • KUŹMICKI Witold; source: Fr Thaddeus Krahel, „Vilnius archdiocese clergy martyrology 1939—1945”, Białystok, 2017, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKUŹMICKI Witold
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surname

KUŹMICKI

forename(s)

Witold

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Vilnius archdiocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]
Sejny diocese
more on: www.catholic-hierarchy.org [access: 2021.09.20]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Philosophy

date and place of death

15.07.1943

Naumovichi
Grodno dist., Grodno reg., Belarus

alt. dates and places of death

13-14.07.1943

details of death

During World War I and Polish–Russian war of 1920 sentenced by the Germans to death. survived few attacks on his rectory by the bandits. After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of Russian occupation vicar general in his deanery region. Managed to protect and hide parish archives search for by the Russians. After German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, expelled from rectory by the Germans. Defended parishioners from robberies, young girls from being forced to go to German for slave labour. Preached very courageous homilies — in one of them started by mentioning Homeland and next left the pulpit — silence carried a potent message. Arrested by the Germans around 13.06.1943. Jailed in Grodno prison from where driven to execution site — part of German extermination plan of Polish intelligentsia of Białystok region, called Black July 1943 — among others with c. 5 other Catholic priests. During execution probably had only hand shot through and was buried in the pit alive.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

11.05.1885

Orliškės
Paberžė mun., Vilnius dist., Vilnius Cou., Lithuania

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

28.06.1908 (Warsaw)

positions held

1936–1943 — dean {dean.: Dąbrowa}
1936–1943 — parish priest {parish: Dąbrowa; dean.: Dąbrowa}
1927–1936 — parish priest {parish: Zabłudów; dean.: Białystok}
1920–1927 — parish priest {parish: Dojlidy, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn; dean.: Białystok}
1918–1920 — parish priest {parish: Kamieniec Litewski}
1915–1918 — parish priest {parish: Dziembrów; dean.: Lida}
administrator {parish: Kamionka; dean.: Grodno}
1914–1915 — vicar {parish: Lida; dean.: Lida}
vicar {parish: Vilnius, St James; dean.: Vilnius}
vicar {parish: Brest–Litovsk, Exaltation of the Holy Cross; dean.: Brest–Litovsk}
vicar {parish: Wysokie Mazowieckie}
from 1909 — vicar {parish: Łomża, cathedral St Michael the Archangel}
1908–1909 — prefect {Łomża, trade school for women}
till c. 1908 — PhD student {Rome}
from 1901 — student {Sejny, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

others related in death

BESZTA-BOROWSKI Anthony, BURAK Mark, KLIMCZAK Michael Eugene (Fr Dennis), KOCHANOWSKI Felix, KOZŁOWSKI Joseph, OLSZEWSKI Louis, OPIATOWSKI Henry, PĘZA Alexander, PŁOŃSKI Joseph, ROSZAK Edmund, RUTKOWSKI Bronislaus, SKOKOWSKI Justin, SZULC Joseph, SZYPIŁŁO Casimir

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Naumowicze: On 13.06.1943 in Fort IIa in Naumowicze village c. 10 km from Grodno — in a place known for mass murders perpetrated by the Germans on Jews in 1941‑2 — Germans, as part of their extermination program against partisans, executed 50 hostages from Lipsk — apparently in retribution for death of two Germans. Among the victims was bl. Maryanna Biernacka. Two days later, on 15.06.1943, Germans murdered in excess of 75 victims, among them whole families. Among the victims were 6 Catholic priests. (more on: www.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2013.01.06])

Black July 1943: On 20.05.1943 East Prussia German Gaulaiter, Erich Koch, nominated Otton Helwig a new German commander of SS und Polizeiführer (Eng. SS and police commander) of Bezirk (Eng. region) Białystok. He immediately initiated a pacification action ostensibly targeted at Polish partisans. The real aim was intimidation of the Poles from Białystok region and extermination of its leading classes. Herbert Zimmermann, security police and SD commanded, deputy commander of Einsatzgruppen SS (Eng. Operational Groups) for Germ. Bezirk (district) Bialystok, issued an order to arrest and execute 19 people, physicians, barristers, city staff and teacher, including their families, in each all county cities of the district. On 10.07.1943 a „Commando Müller” (from the surname of its murderous commander, prob. Hermann Müller), consisting of Belarus support batallion, Lithuanian units dressed in German uniforms, German Gendarmerie and police and German Gestapo members, perpetrated a series of mass murders in various places in Bezirk Białystok (including its Łomża and Grodno regions). In 07.1943 Germans murdered more than 1,000 people (prob. near 2,000). On 15.07.1943 only in all county seats of Bezirk Bialystok at least 9 local Polish intelligentsia families, including women, children and old were selected and murdered. Among the victims were many priests: in executions in Pilice forest, Wiszownik forest, Kosówka forest, Naumowicze, Jeziorka, etc. Germans murdered at least 15 clerics. (more on: www.swzygmunt.knc.pl [access: 2019.10.13])

Grodno: Prison used both by the Russians (in 1920, 1939‑41 and from 1944) and the Germans (in 1941‑4). Thousands of Poles were jailed there.

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. „The 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.org [access: 2015.09.30])

Polish-Russian war of 1919—20: 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.org [access: 2014.12.20])

sources

personal:
www.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2012.11.23], www.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2013.01.06], repozytorium.uwb.edu.pl [access: 2017.06.16], www.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2013.08.10]
bibliograhical:
„Vilnius archdiocese clergy martyrology 1939‑1945”, Fr Thaddeus Krahel, Białystok, 2017
original images:
commons.wikimedia.org [access: 2017.06.16], www.flickr.com [access: 2014.09.21]

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