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surname

NIEDZIAŁEK

forename(s)

John (pl. Jan)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Siedlce diocesemore on
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[access: 2022.01.06]

Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.12.20]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Theology

date and place of death

12.02.1943

Chojnowskie forestsn. Stefanów
today: Piaseczno gm., Piaseczno pow., Masovia voiv., Poland

more on
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alt. dates and places of death

13.02.1942

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and the beginning of World War II, after the start of German occupation, evicted on 23‑25.11.1939, along with all professors and seminarians, from the building of the Theological Seminary in Janów Podlaski.

The seminar ceased to operate.

Took the position of vicar in Żelechów.

There made contact with the clandestine resistance National Party SN organization and its military arm, the National Military Organization NOW.

After being transferred to Siedlce in 1941, where became the professor of the clandestine Theological Seminary of his diocese, continued his ministry as a chaplain of the NOW District Command and head of the SN District Propaganda Department.

Distributed national underground magazines, incl.

„Struggle”.

Was one of the initiators of propaganda diversion among Italian army soldiers stationed in Siedlce.

In the second half of 1942, took part in talks that were to lead to the merger of NOW units with the clandestine Home Army AK, as part of the Polish Clandestine State.

Arrested by the Germans on 16.01.1943 during a round–up on a train while on his way back from Warsaw.

The Germans began searches at the Mrozy station and found his luggage, containing conspiratorial publications — at the Siedlce station, in order to protect other travelers from consequences, confessed to his ownership.

Imprisoned in Siedlce.

Tortured.

Then, after a week, transferred to Pawiak prison in Warsaw.

Interrogated at the Gestapo headquarters at Szucha Ave. — tortured again.

Did not reveal any names and did not denouce anyone. Murdered in a mass execution of 70 Poles — in retaliation for the shooting during German raid on a clandestine printing house belonging to the National Armed Forces NSZ.

The Germans informed about the execution by posting an announcement on the streets of Warsaw, dated 12.02.1943.

alt. details of death

After end of World War II military conflict the bodies of murdered were brought and buried on 24‑25.06.1948 at Cemetery–Mausoleum in Palmiry n. Warsaw.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

22.12.1907

Żeliszewtoday: Żeliszew Podkościelny and Żeliszew Duży, Kotuń gm., Siedlce pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

02.08.1931 (Siedlce cathedral)

positions held

1941 – 1943

curatus/rector/expositus {parish: Siedlcetoday: Siedlce city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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, cathedrai Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; church: chapel of the Oratory of St Therese of the Child Jesus Sodality of Catholic Women Workers „Unity”; dean.: Siedlcetoday: Siedlce city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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}

1941 – 1943

professor {Siedlcetoday: Siedlce city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.08.20
, Theological Seminary — clandestine}, lecturer in Christian philosophy

1939 – 1941

vicar {parish: Żelechówtoday: Żelechów gm., Garwolin pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2022.06.13
, Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Żelechówtoday: Żelechów gm., Garwolin pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2022.06.13
}

c. 1939

secretary {Janów Podlaskitoday: Janów Podlaski gm., Biała Podlaska pow., Lublin voiv., Poland
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, Theological Seminary}, also: professor

from 1938

pro–synodal judge {Siedlcetoday: Siedlce city pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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, Bishop's Diocesan Court}

from 1935

prefect {Janów Podlaskitoday: Janów Podlaski gm., Biała Podlaska pow., Lublin voiv., Poland
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, Theological Seminary}, also: professor

1932 – 1935

professor {Janów Podlaskitoday: Janów Podlaski gm., Biała Podlaska pow., Lublin voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18
, Theological Seminary}

membership {Management Board, District of the National Party}

1927 – 1932

PhD student {Rometoday: Rome prov., Lazio reg., Italy
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, philosophy and theology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Lat. Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana) – „Gregorianum”}

1926 – 1927

student {Rometoday: Rome prov., Lazio reg., Italy
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, theology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Lat. Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana) – „Gregorianum”}

1925 – 1926

student {Janów Podlaskitoday: Janów Podlaski gm., Biała Podlaska pow., Lublin voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18
, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Palmiry: In Palmiry, from 12.1939 till 07.1941 Germans murdered, in mass executions, 1,700‑2,200 Poles from Warsaw, mainly intelligentsia, in an extermination action called AB. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2021.12.19)

Chojnowskie forest: Place of mass murder of Polish prisoner in 01‑02.1943. Germans executed there approx. 109 people, mainly from Warsaw, as part of an organized terror campaign launched against Warsaw in the winter of 1942/3. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2021.12.19)

Warsaw (Szucha Ave.): At 25 John Christian Szucha Avenue in Warsaw — then in German–occupied General Governorate — at the heart of so‑called police district (with status Germ. „Nur für Deutsche” — End. „Only for Germans”), from 07.10.1939 headquarters of Germ. Der Kommandeur Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienst für den Distrikt Warschau (Eng. Bureau of Security Police and Security Service Commander for Warsaw District), Germans organised Warsaw HQ of Germ. Geheime Staatspolizei (Eng. Secret State Police), i.e. Gestapo. In the basements a Germ. Hausgefängnis (Eng. Detention Centre) was set. Prisoners from Warsaw prisons, mainly Pawiak (twice a day) where brought there for interrogations. Tortures were widely used — „beating (with a club, whip, rubber, iron poles, butts of pistols), kicking, setting dogs on, burning flesh with cigarettes or an iron rod (especially the face, heels and abdomen), crushing fingers and genitals, hanging on the hands at the back, breaking bones, knocking out front teeth, damaging eyeballs, strangling with a gas mask with a damaged absorber, irritating with electric current, pouring water into the nose with gagged mouth, dipping the prisoner's head in a bucket with water and holding it there until signs of suffocation, plucking out nails and driving steel needles under them” (Wikipedia). Often tortures were done with family members present. Even women in last months of pregnancy were tortured. During Warsaw Uprising of 08‑10.1944 Germans conducted mass executions in the building. Number of victims — unknown (in 06.1946 in Szucha Avenue building basements 5.5. tons of human ashes and bones were discovered). (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.02.02)

Pawiak: Investigative prison in Warsaw. Largest German prison in German‑led General Governorate. 100,000 prisoners went through it in the years 1939‑44, approx. 37,000 of which were murdered by the Germans in executions, during interrogations, in the cells or in the prison “hospital”. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.08.10)

Street round-up: Ambush method used by Germans to capture a larger number of random passers on the streets of occupied Polish towns and cities in order to imprison them (that sometimes ended with public executions), resettle, sent to concentration camps or to a forced labor in Germany. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2015.04.18)

General Governorate: A separate administrative territorial region set up by the Germans in 1939 after defeat of Poland, which included German‑occupied part of Polish territory that was not directly incorporate into German state. Created as the result of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, in a political sense, was to recreate the German idea of 1915 (after the defeat of the Russians in the Battle of Gorlice in 05.1915 during World War I) of establishing a Polish enclave within Germany (also called the General Governorate at that time). It was run by the Germans till 1945 and final Russian offensive, and was a part of so–called Big Germany — Grossdeutschland. Till 31.07.1940 formally known as Germ. Generalgouvernement für die besetzten polnischen Gebiete (Eng. General Governorate for occupied Polish territories) — later as simply niem. Generalgouvernement (Eng. General Governorate). From 07.1941 expanded to include district Galicia. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.12.04)

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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