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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)

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religious status

Servant of God




Ferdinand (pl. Ferdynand)


diocesan priest


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

diocese / province

Warmia diocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.09.02]

date and place of death



alt. dates and places of death


Stalino labour camp
Donetsk, Donetsk obl., Ukraine

details of death

During Russian winter 1945 advance at the end of World War II — started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 — after capture by the Russians on 05.02.1945 of Kraszewo forced in 02.1945 by Russians defended women who sought shelter at his rectory from Russian advances. According to one source Russians forced him to stand against a wall and fired a dozen of shots — barely missing his head. Next dragged him through the village and left locked in a freezing barn — the winter that year was vary cold. After release was to say to the Russians: „I needed this sleep in the barn”. Next moved to nearby Kłębowo where slaved burying the dead. In mid 02.1945 went, summoned by Russians, to register to a nearby Jarandowo. There arrested by the Russians — with Fr Charles Langwald from a nearby parish, among others. Next jailed — held in basements and barns, without food and drink — and interrogated in Lidzbark Warmiński. From there marched through Wielochowo to Wystruć transit camp. Finally deported to Russia where perished in Russian concentration camp Gulag in Siberia, forced to slave in an open calcium mine.

alt. details of death

According to other sources transported to Russian slave labour camps in Donbas, in southern Ukraine.

cause of death




date and place of birth


Nowe Monasterzysko
Elbląg pow., Warmia-Masuria voiv., Poland

alt. dates and places of birth

Olsztyn pow., Warmia-Masuria voiv., Poland

presbyter (holy orders)/

31.01.1904 (Frombork)

positions held

1919–1945 — parish priest {parish: Kraszewo}
1910–1919 — vicar {parish: Jeziorany}
1907–1910 — vicar {parish: Wilczkowo}
1906–1907 — vicar {parish: Tujec}
1906 — administrator {parish: Lubieszewo}
1905–1906 — vicar {parish: Lubieszewo}
1904–1905 — vicar {parish: Lutry}

others related in death

BLUDAU Bruno, GERIGK Herman, GROSS Bruno, HEIDE George Joseph, JABLOŃSKI Martin, LANGWALD Charles, FRANK John, GRAWE Eberhard, HEINRICH Charles, JASCHOLTOWSKI Anthony, ZINT Helmut

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Stalino camps: Headquarters of a series of Russian slave labour concentration and POW camps, founded starting from 1942‑3, in Stalino (now Donetsk), centre of Donbas coal mining and steel making region in southern Ukraine. In 1944‑6 a control and filtration camp no 240 was set up and at the beginning of 1945 had c. sub camps, including in Yenakiyeve. POW camp no 280 was operational longer. Russians brought there internees from the regions captured by their army who had not managed to escape with withdrawing Germans, among others from Warmia. Most slaved in Donbas coal mines. Among those held were c. 4,782 soldiers of Polish Home Army AK and other independent resistance organizations (part of Polish Clandestine State). In 04‑05.1945 Russians sent tens of thousands of miners from Silesia to slave labour in Donbas mines — only some returned to Poland, 10 years later. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.09.02])

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])

Wystruć: Russian transit camp set up in 1945 for German population of East Prussia — one of concentration centers of defeated Germans marked for slave work in Russia. In Wystruć (now: Chernyakhovsk) and in nearby Jurbork c. 60,000 people were held: men, women, girls and old. All were transported — in rail transfers lasting 4‑7 weeks, without hot food, proper sanitation — to Russians slave labour camps. Many perished before reaching destination… (more on: bazhum.muzhp.pl [access: 2018.09.02])

Deportation of Germans to Russia in 1945: On 06.02.19454 Russian State Defence Committee issued an order to intern all Germans, mainly men, able to work from the German territories captured by Russian army and transport them into Russia — to slave labour camps in Donbas region in Ukraine, to industrial centers in Ural mountains, to Russian occupied Belarus, etc. — in order to rebuild destroyed by the war Russia. It was planned to use c. 500,000 Germans, 17‑50 years old, although in practice much older were also arrested. From Upper Silesia only c. 90,000 Germans and Poles were deported 20% of which returned after many years. Among the victims were members of Polish clandestine Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State) fighting with Germans. Tens of thousands were deported from Warmia and Mazurian regions. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.11.18])

Mass rapes in 1945: During capture in 1944‑5 of pre–war German territories and territories incorporated into Germany in 1939 after German invasion of Poland Russian soldiers committed mass, often multiple, rapes on mainly German, but also Polish, women. Up to 2 mln women might have been violated, from 8 to 80 or more years old. Many were murdered as a consequence. Rapes were prob. tolerated if not encouraged by Russian military and civilian NKVD commanders. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.03.01])

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])


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