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Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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surname

MODZELEWSKI

forename(s)

Adolph (pl. Adolf)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Płock diocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Philosophy

honorary titles

protonotary apostolicmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.11.22]

provostmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2015.03.01]
(Płock cathedralmore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.11.14]
)

date and place of death

20.02.1941

KL Soldauconcentration camp
today: Działdowo, Działdowo urban gm., Działdowo pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland

more on
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[access: 2018.09.02]

alt. dates and places of death

16.06.1941 („official” date)

details of death

In 1880s completed his PhD theological studies in Rome — without a permission from Russian Tsarist authorities.

Thus after returning to Russian occupied Poland received a 3‑year ban from holding independent positions in Church, preaching and conducting solemn church celebrations.

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after start of German occupation, arrested by the German s on 17.02.1941.

Transported to Płock prison and then to KL Soldau concentration camp where perished right after arrival.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

17.06.1862

Korczakitoday: Rzekuń gm., Ostrołęka pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

24.04.1887

positions held

1936 – 1941

dean {Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
, Cathedral Chapter}

1909 – 1936

parish priest {parish: Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
, main parish St Bartholomew the Apostle; dean.: Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
}

1906 – 1909

vice–rector {Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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, Theological Seminary}, also: professor–lecturer

1904 – 1905

spiritual father {Sankt Petersburgtoday: Saint Petersburg city, Russia, Imperial Roman Catholic Spiritual Academy (1842‑1918)}

1897 – 1904

parish priest {parish: Krysktoday: Naruszewo gm., Płońsk pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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, St Florian the Martyr; dean.: Płońsktoday: Płońsk urban gm., Płońsk pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
}

1896 – 1897

vicar {parish: Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
, cathedral Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary}

1890 – 1896

chaplain {to the Bishop of Płock diocese}

librarian {Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
, Theological Seminary}

PhD student {Rometoday: Rome prov., Lazio reg., Italy
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}

student {Płocktoday: Płock city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

others related in death

DMOCHOWSKIClick to display biography Peter Julian, KALISZKAClick to display biography Thaddeus, KLIMKIEWICZClick to display biography Francis, KURDZIELClick to display biography John, KUŚMIERCZYKClick to display biography Anthony, ŁUCZECZKOClick to display biography Emil, MICHALAKClick to display biography Joseph, PŁYWACZYKClick to display biography Adalbert, STĘPKOWSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus, SZYDŁOWSKIClick to display biography John

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Soldau: KL Soldau concentration camp (in modern Działdowo city) — since the pre–war Polish Działdowo county was incorporated into Germ. Regierungsbezirk Allenstein (Eng. Olsztyn regency) the camp was located in occupied territories where general German law was in force, i.e. in Germany proper — was founded in 09.1939, when in former barracks of 32nd Infantry Regiment of Polish Army Germans set up a temporary camp for POW captured during September 1939 campaign. In autumn 1939 was also used as police jail. In 1939‑40 changed into niem. „ Durchgangslager für polnische Zivilgefangene” (Eng. Transit Camp for Polish Civilians), prior to transport to other concentration camps. In reality it was used then as a place of extermination of Polish intelligentsia within Germ. Intelligenzaktion genocidal program and extermination of sick and disabled within Aktion T4 program. Next in 05.1940 the camp was changed again into niem. Arbeitserziehungslager (Eng. Work Education Camp), and finally into penal comp for criminal and political prisoners, most of whom were sentenced to death. In 1939‑41 Germans imprisoned, maltreated and tortured in KL Soldau hundreds of Polish priests and religious. Approx. 80 priests, religious and nuns perished. They were murdered in the camp itself, by a shot into a head, or in places of mass executions in nearby forests — Białuty forest, Malinowo forets, Komorniki. Dates and precise locations of these murders remain unknown. Altogether in KL Soldau approx. 15,000 prisoners were murdered, including thousands victims — patients of psychiatric institutions (within Aktion T4 plan). (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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)

Płock: Detention centre and prison run by Germans.

02-03.1941 arrests (Zichenau region): In the night of 17/18.02.1941 and night of 06/07.03.1941 Germans arrested dozens of Catholic priests and nuns from Regierungsbezirk Zichenau, a occupied region belonging to German East Prussia province. All were transported through Płock prison to KL Soldau concentration camp. Among the arrested were two Catholic bishops of Płock diocese, abp Nowowiejski and bp Wetmański. Few priests were murdered in KL Soldau (including both bishops), more later on in other concentration camp, mainly in KL Dachau. Most of the nuns were subsequently released.

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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)

sources

personal:
mazowsze.hist.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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[access: 2015.04.18]

bibliograhical:, „Płock diocese clergy martyrology during II World War 1939‑1945”, Fr Nicholas Marian Grzybowski, Włocławek–Płock 2002, „Martyrology of the Polish Roman Catholic clergy under nazi occupation in 1939‑1945”, Victor Jacewicz, John Woś, vol. I‑V, Warsaw Theological Academy, 1977‑1981,
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