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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Norbert John (pl. Norbert Jan)
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date and place of death
KL Auschwitzconcentration camp
today: Oświęcim, Oświęcim gm., Oświęcim pow., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
details of death
During I World War, under German occupation (partition), participated in clandestine schools run by his parents.
Helped them to edit clandestine Polish magazines.
After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, during September 1939 campaign commander of anti–aircraft defense unit in Ożarów Maz.
After start of German occupation chaplain of the Polish clandestine resistance VII „Collar” District of Armed Struggle Union ZWZ (part of Polish Clandestine State), under nom‑de‑guerre „Roman”, in Ożarów Maz.
Editor of clandestine „White Eagle” magazine.
Teacher at clandestine education network at secondary level and at nurses classes (part of Polish Clandestine State).
Participant of sabotage actions against German military motorcycles stored in Ożarów Maz., by injecting destroying chemicals into their engines. Member of Main Care Council RGO securing support to the poor from Ożarów Maz.
Arrested by the Germans on 16.05.1941 as part of mass arrests in Pallotti's Fathers' Higher Theological Seminary in Ołtarzew.
Jailed in Pawiak prison in Warsaw.
On 28.05.1941 transported to KL Auschwitz concentration camp, where perished: in the infectious diseases part of the camp's hospital.
cause of death
extermination: exhaustion, starvation, disease
date and place of birth
Pszczółkitoday: Pszczółki gm., Gdańsk pow., Pomerania voiv., Poland
presbyter (holy orders)/
19.07.1931 (Rometoday: Rome prov., Lazio reg., Italy
others related in death
BOCHENEKClick to display biography Peter, JANKOWSKIClick to display biography Joseph, KILIANClick to display biography Francis Borgia, KOWALSKIClick to display biography Bernard, MAŁACZEKClick to display biography Stanislaus, REGULSKIClick to display biography Bronislaus, SADOWSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus, SZAMBELAŃCZYKClick to display biography John, WĄSIKClick to display biography John
camps (+ prisoner no)
KL Auschwitz (prisoner no: 16769Click to display biography): German KL Auschwitz concentration camp (Germ. Konzentrationslager) and death camp (Germ. Vernichtungslager) camp was set up by Germans around 27.01.1940 n. Oświęcim, on the German territory (initially in Germ. Provinz Schlesien — Silesia Province; and from 1941 Germ. Provinz Oberschlesien — Upper Silesia Province). Initially mainly Poles were interned. From 1942 it became the centre for holocaust of European Jews. Part of the KL Auschwitz concentration camps’ complex was death camp (Germ. Vernichtungslager) KL Auschwitz II Birkenau, located not far away from the main camp. There Germans murder possibly in excess of million people, mainly Jews, in gas chambers. Altogether In excess of 400 priests and religious went through the KL Auschwitz, approx. 40% of which were murdered (mainly Poles). (more on: www.meczennicy.pelplin.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.07.06)
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)
05.1941 arrests (Pallotines): Suspecting Pallotine brothers from Ołtarzew n. Warsaw of collaboration with Polish clandestine resistance movement Armed Struggle Union ZWZ (future Home Army AK, part of Polish Clandestine State) Germans arrested most of them on 16, 23 and 27.05.1941. They were jailed in Pawiak prison in Warsaw and on 28.05.1941 transported to KL Auschwitz concentration camp where most of them perished. (more on: www.sp2ozarowmaz.szkolnastrona.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2017.11.07)
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)
pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2012.11.23, www.pallotyni.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2012.11.23, libermortuorum.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.05.30,
pallotyni.euClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2017.11.07, pallotyni.euClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2017.11.07, www.pallotyni.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2017.11.07, diecezja.waw.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2016.05.30, turystyka.ozarow-mazowiecki.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2017.11.07, www.harmeze.franciszkanie.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.03.21
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