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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John (pl. Jan)
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date and place of death
Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
details of death
After German invasion of Poland in 09.1939 (Russians invaded Poland 18 days later) and start of the II World War left — prob. on the orders of his superiors — his Krobia monastery and went with thousands of refugees escaping from the German attack to the east.
Perhaps reached the convent in Markowice, but left there as well (the Germans seized Markowice on 08.09.1939).
Eventually reached Warsaw.
Perished at Warsaw Curia building at 10 Miodowa Str. during Warsaw siege by the Germans (Warsaw fell on 28.09.1939) — during mass aerial bombardment by the Germans known‑as „Black Monday”.
cause of death
date and place of birth
Sułkówtoday: Baborów gm., Głubczyce pow., Opole voiv., Poland
others related in death
BIAŁAClick to display biography Anne (Sr Adolphine), CHOINAClick to display biography Sophia, CZAJKOWSKAClick to display biography Mary, CZYMEKClick to display biography Charles, DREWNIKOWSKAClick to display biography Stephanie, GĄSIOROWSKIClick to display biography Francis, GRZEGORCZYKClick to display biography Francis (Cl. Thaddeus), HATKOClick to display biography Francis (Fr Matthew), KACZMAREKClick to display biography Josephine (Sr Andrew), KISIELEWSKAClick to display biography Christine, KRAWCZYKClick to display biography Theodosia, LEOŃCZUKClick to display biography Mary, LEWANDOWSKAClick to display biography Eleonor, LEWANIUKClick to display biography Aleksandra, ŁĄCZEKClick to display biography Mary, MIKOŁAJEWSKAClick to display biography Helen, NIEDŹWIEDZKAClick to display biography Mary, NIKUTAClick to display biography Cecilia, OPIELAClick to display biography Joseph, OSTROWSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus Kostka (Fr Josaphat), PSZENNAClick to display biography Wanda, RANIECKAClick to display biography Mary, RUSZKOWSKAClick to display biography Stanislava, SASAKClick to display biography Josephine Aleksandra, SELMAClick to display biography Alice Janet, SIEMIŃSKAClick to display biography Petronella, TEODOROWICZClick to display biography Terrence, WÓJCIKClick to display biography Mary, ZEMBRZUSKAClick to display biography Casimira
camps (+ prisoner no)
Warsaw (Black Monday): On 25.09.1939 from 7:00 till late evening more than 400 German bombers made aerial raids on Warsaw. Almost 630 tons of explosives, both incendiary and demolishing were dropped. Caused c. 200 fires. Public building were not spared, including hospitals clearly marked with Red Cross signs (in fact they were targeted in the first place). Holy Ghost hospital was among them and c. 700 people, both patients and staff were killed (including 20 Vincentian sisters). Altogether during the raids called „Black Monday” c. 10,000 people perished, 35,000 were wounded, mostly civilian. The raids were in contravention of Hague agreements and must be regarded as an act of war crime. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Air raids 1939: During invasion of Poland commenced on 01.09.1939 Germans systematically attacked civilian targets. Many cities (Wieluń, Frampol, Warszawa, Lwów, Łomża, Puck, etc.) were bombed during air raids and totally destroyed. The hospitals and churches, visibly marked as such, were not spared. German planes also attacked columns of fleeing people on the roads, massacring them. It is estimated that c. 150,000–200,000 civilians were killed or murdered by the Germans in 09.1939. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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 webpage
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bibliograhical:, „A martyrology of Polish clergy under German occupation, 1939‑45”, Fr Szołdrski Vladislaus CSSR, Rome 1965,
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