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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Thomas (pl. Tomasz)
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Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Theology
date and place of death
Polonkatoday: Baranavichy dist., Brest reg., Belarus
details of death
After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of Russian occupation Belarus Communist youth robbed and destroyed on 23.05.1940, on the feast of Corpus Christi, newly constructed parish common house in Nowosady.
In 10.1940 the church and his rectory were attacked — local Orthodox Belarusians took part.
Went into hiding.
Initially slept in the forest and on the cemetery, later — during 1940‑1 winter — found refuge at one his parishioners' houses.
After German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, returned to his rectory.
Lived in one room — the rest was appropriated by the German troops.
Helped and served as translator for Russians women held captive by the Germans.
Arrested on 29.06.1942 (by the Germans or collaborating with them Belarusian police) after morning Holy Mass in Nowosady.
Taken to Baranowicze prison.
Next on c. 03.07.1942 transported to KL Kołdyczewo concentration camp.
From there driven out on a truck to the execution site and executed in a mass murder.
cause of death
Germans / Belarusians
date and place of birth
Szynwałdtoday: Skrzyszów gm., Tarnów pow., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
presbyter (holy orders)/
19.04.1924 (Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Romemore on
others related in death
BARTUSZEKClick to display biography Joseph, BRYCZKOWSKIClick to display biography Boleslaus, BUJNOWSKIClick to display biography Leo, GRZESIAKClick to display biography Thaddeus Michael, KARAMUCKIClick to display biography Louis, KLIMCZAKClick to display biography Vladislav, KUBIKClick to display biography Mieczyslav Anthony, KURAŚClick to display biography Vincent, OLESZCZUKClick to display biography Alphonse, PAWŁOWSKIClick to display biography Vladislav Sigismund, RUTKOWSKIClick to display biography Boleslaus, SIUDZIŃSKIClick to display biography Vincent, ULIŃSKIClick to display biography Francis, WARCHAPOWICZClick to display biography Vladislav, WIERZBICKIClick to display biography Victor
camps (+ prisoner no)
Połonka (n. Baranowicze): Mass execution of a group of approx. 50‑400 people (mainly Poles, including c. 15‑17 priests) perpetrated on 13.07.1942 by Belarusian Sonderkommando collaborating with Germans. The execution took place in a forest by Połonka village, c. 25 km to west from Baranowicze, and the wire–bound prisoners where brought from KL Kołdyczewo concentration camp and Baranowicze prison. Prob. was part of German special action aimed at Polish intelligentsia and including mass herding and sending to Germany of Polish slave workers, known as „Polenaktion”. (more on: genealogia.plewako.plClick to attempt to display webpage
Polenaktion 1942: In the summer of 1942 in German–occupied Germ. Generalbezirk Weißruthenien (Eng. General Region of Belarus) — in Nowogródek region among others — Germans carried out „Polenaktion” initiative: the name introduced in a special resolution drafted by Reichssicherheitshauptamt RSHA (Eng. Reich Main Security Office). The action included sacking of all Poles from civilian regional apparatus and police and replacing them with Belarusians. Thousands of Poles were also forcibly deported to Germany as slave labourers. On 26‑30.06.1942 in all counties of the region more than 1,000 representatives of Polish intelligentsia were arrested and subsequently murdered. In Lida region 16 Polish priests were arrested among others. 5 Polish parish priests from Głebokie and Postawy deanery were murdered as well. At the same time Germans set up Kołdyczego n. Baranowicze and Mały Traścieniec n. Mińsk concentration camps. The implementation of this genocide project was entrusted to Belarusian police formations supported by Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Russian (RONA) collaborators.
KL Kołdyczewo: German concentration and death/extermination camp operational from 03.1942 to 07.1944 in Belarus, 20 km from Baranowicze. Jews and Poles, among others, were held there. A crematorium was opened in the camp. The camp, managed by a few Germans and run by Belarusians guarding it and perpetrating mass murders, witnessed c. 22,000 victims being murdered and exterminated — men, women, children, old, of various professions and social status, mainly Polish nationals, including c. 24 Catholic priests. Some of them were murdered by deadly gas, prob. in specially equipped trucks (the bodies were subsequently dumped in Lachówka forest, c. 2 km from the camp). Others were taken to Polonka and murdered there. Victims were also murdered by the Belarusians with a shot to the back of the head or with sticks with protruding nails. (more on: www.sztetl.org.plClick to attempt to display webpage
Baranowicze (prison): Prison in 1939‑41 run by Russians and in 1941‑4 by Germans. (more on: pl.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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