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

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

personal data

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religious status

Servant of God





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diocesan priest


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

diocese / province

Riga archdiocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]
Minsk diocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]
Mogilev archdiocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.06.23]

date and place of death


Preiļi mun., Latvia

details of death

After Riga truce in 1921 ending the Polish–Russian war of 1919‑21 remained in Russia (in Russian Belarus). For the first time arrested by Russians in the autumn of 1927. On 31.08.1928 formally charged for „anti–Russian activities” but soon released based on written undertaking not to leave Mogilev. On 26/27.01.1930 arrested by Russians again. Accused of maintaining contacts with Vatican and Catholics in Poland, „inciting against Russian authorities”. On 13.05.1930 sentenced by a criminal Russian OGPU Council kangaroo court to 5 years of slave labour in Russian concentration camps (future Gulag) — on 28.07.1930 sentence got increased to 10 years. At the same trial his sister got 3 years of slave labour. From 07.1931 jailed in a concentration camp in Kiem on White Sea shore. Next moved to Anzer Island concentration camp on Solovetsky Islands on White Sea. On 05.07.1932 tried in a processes of jailed priests for „conducting secret religious ceremonies”. Sentenced to a total isolation. On 10.08.1933 got sick and was transferred to Butyrki prison in Moscow. On 26.09.1933 (or 19.10.1933) exchanged in a group of 11 priests for Russian prisoners held in Lithuania and freed. After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after German attack in 06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, arrested on 30.06.1941 by the marauding Russian soldiers in his rectory, together with Fr Sigismund Tabore, local resident, and sacristian. Taken to local genocidal NKVD HQ. Tortured — Russians skinned him alive — and on the same day murdered with Fr Tabore and sacristian.

cause of death

mass murder



date and place of birth


Strugi Krasnye
Pskov oblast, Russia

presbyter (holy orders)/


positions held

till 1941 — priest {parish: Krāslava; Latvia}
administrator {church: Vilnius, St Bartholomew}
1927–1930 — vicar general {dioc.: Minsk; archdioc: Mogilev}
priest {Mogilev}
1926–1927 — administrator {parish: Rukszenice}, also: other parishes near Połock
1922–1925 — vicar general {dioc.: Minsk; in the rest of Russia}
chaplain {Janotrud; dean.: Polotsk}
1888–1918 — administrator {parish: Święciłowicze; dean.: (Mogilev, Horki)}
c. 1908 — vicar {parish: Kleck}
till 1906 — student {Sankt Petersburg, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

others related in death

TABORE Sigismund

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

06.1941 massacres (NKVD): After German attack of Russian‑occupied Polish territory and following that of Russia itself, before a panic escape, Russians murdered — in accordance with the genocidal order issued on 24.06.1941 by the Russian interior minister Lawrence Beria to murder all prisoners (formally „sentenced for counter–revolutionary activities', anti–Russian acts', sabotage and diversion, and political prisoners 'in custody'), held in NKVD‑run prisons in Russian occupied Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — c. 40,000‑50,000 prisoners. In addition Russians murdered many thousands of victims arrested after German attack regarding them as „enemies of people” — those victims were not even entered into prisons’ registers. Most of them were murdered in massacres in the prisons themselves, the others during so‑called „death marches” when the prisoners were driven out east. After Russians departure and start of German occupation a number of spontaneous pogroms of Jews took place. Many Jews collaborated with Russians and were regarded as co‑responsible for prison massacres. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2021.05.06])

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])

Moscow (Butyrki): Harsh transit and interrogation prison in Moscow — for political prisoners — where Russians held and murdered thousands of Poles. Founded prob. in XVII century. In XIX century many Polish insurgents (Polish uprisings of 1831 and 1863) were held there. During Communist regime a place of internment for political prisoners prior to a transfer to Russian slave labour complex Gulag. During the Great Purge c. 20,000 inmates were held there at any time (c. 170 in every cell). Thousands were murdered. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2020.05.01])

Solovetsky Islands: Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp SLON (ros. Солове́цкий ла́герь осо́бого назначе́ния) — Russian concentration camp and forced labour camp, on Solovetsky Islands, in operation from 1923 and initially founded on the site of famous former Orthodox monastery. Functioned till 1939 (in 1936‑9 as a prison). In 1920 the largest concentration camp in Russia. Place of slave labour and murder of hundreds of mainly Christian, including Catholic, priests, especially in 1920s and 1930s. The concept of future Russian slave labour concentration camps system Gulag its beginnings prob. can trace to camps of Solovetsky Islands — from there spread to the camps along Belamor canal (Baltic Sea — White Sea), and from there to all regions of Russian state. From the network of camps on Solovetsky Islands — also called Solovetsky Archipelago — Alexander Solzhenitsyn prob. formed his famous term of „Gulag Archipelago”. It is estimated that tens to hundreds of thousands prisoners were held in Solovetsky Islands camps. In 1937‑8 c. 9.500 prisoners were brought out of the camp and murdered in a number of execution sites, including Sandarmokh and Lodeynoye Polye, including many Catholic priests. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09])

Trial of 05.07.1932: Russian trial of Catholic priests held in Solovetsky Islands and Anzer Island, accused of „creation of an anti–Russian group that conducted anti–Russian agitation, clandestinely celebrated Mass and religious rites and maintained an illegal contact with a free worker for purposes of transmitting abroad information of an espionage character about the situation of Catholics in the Russia”. The prisoners were given prolonged sentences in concentration camp and spread them among the various Gułag camps.

AnzerLag: Russian concentration camp on the Anzer Island on White Sea. On the Island, 47 km2, belonging to Solovetsky Islands archipelago, Russians organised one of the first concentration camps in Russia (part of Solovetsky Islands concentratoin camp). In 1930ties c. 32 Catholic priests were held there most of who perished. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.12.20])

Gulag: Network of Russian slave labour concentration camps. At any given time up to 12 mln inmates where held in them, milions perished. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09])


www.katolicy.eu [access: 2021.05.06], biographies.library.nd.edu [access: 2014.05.09]
„Lexicon of Polish clergy repressed in USSR in 1939‑1988”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin
„Fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917‑39. Martyrology”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin
original images:
newsaints.faithweb.com [access: 2021.05.06], ipn.gov.pl [access: 2019.02.02]


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