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05-507 Słomczyn
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Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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XX century (1914 – 1989)

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PROKOPOWICZ

forename(s)

Theodore (pl. Teodor)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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diocese / province

Włocławek diocesemore on
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[access: 2013.05.19]

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

Kielce diocesemore on
www.diecezja.kielce.pl
[access: 2012.12.28]

Zhytomyr diocesemore on
www.catholic-hierarchy.org
[access: 2021.12.19]

date and place of death

14.10.1942

TA HartheimSchloss Hartheim „euthanasia” center
today: Alkoven, Eferding dist., Salzburg state, Austria

more on
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[access: 2022.07.18]

alt. dates and places of death

18.11.1942 (KL Dachau „death certificate” date)

details of death

Initially arrested by the Russians on 01.01.1930.

Jailed in Kiev prison.

On 12.05.1930 in a group trial of Catholic priests from Ukraine sentenced by criminal Russian OGPU Council kangaroo court to 8 years of slave labour.

On 28.07.1930 taken to Yaroslav prison.

In 08.1932 transported to Butyrki prison in Moscow.

On 15.09.1932 released as part of prisoner exchange with Poland.

Returned to Poland.

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939, 4th partition of Poland and start of the World War II arrested by the Germans on 26.08.1940.

Interned in Szczeglin transit camp.

Next on 29.08.1940 taken to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

From there on 14.12.1940 transported to KL Dachau concentration camp.

Finally — totally exhausted — transported in a so‑called „invalid transport” to TA Hartheim Euthanasia Center where was murdered in a gas chamber.

cause of death

extermination: gassing in a gas chamber

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

17.04.1897

Lutsktoday: Lutsk rai., Volyn obl., Ukraine
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alt. dates and places of birth

Yeleninkhutor
today: Shepetivka rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

04.01.1920

positions held

1936 – 1940

parish priest {parish: Kłóbkatoday: Lubień Kujawski gm., Włocławek pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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, St Procopius; dean.: Chodecztoday: Chodecz gm., Włocławek pow., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2020.11.05]
}

1933 – 1936

parish priest {parish: Wierzchytoday: Zadzim gm., Poddębice pow., Łódź voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2020.12.11]
, St Nicholas the Bishop and Confessor; dean.: Szadektoday: Szadek gm., Zduńska Wola pow., Łódź voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2020.11.05]
}

1920 – 1930

vicar {parish: Polonnetoday: Polonne rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
, St Anne; dean.: Liubartoday: Liubar rai., Zhytomyr obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
}

priest {parish: Labun'today: Novolabun', Polonne rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Zaslavtoday: Zaslav rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
}

vicar {parish: Slavutatoday: Slavuta rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
, St Dorothy Virgin and Martyr; dean.: Zaslavtoday: Zaslav rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
}

vicar {parish: Zaslavtoday: Zaslav rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
, St Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; church: Shepetivkatoday: Shepetivka rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
; dean.: Zaslavtoday: Zaslav rai., Proskuriv/Khmelnytskyi obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2021.09.17]
}

1920 – 1930

vicar {parish: Baranówkatoday: Lubartów gm., Lubartów pow., Lublin voiv., Poland
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, St Stanislaus the Bishop and Martyr; dean.: Novohrad–Volynskyiform.: Zvyahel
today: Novohrad–Volynskyi rai., Zhytomyr obl., Ukraine

more on
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[access: 2020.11.27]
}

1920

vicar {parish: Strzemieszycetoday: district of Strzemieszyce Wielkie in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Dąbrowa Górnicza city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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, Sacred Heart of Jesus; dean.: Będzintoday: Będzin pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2020.12.11]
}

1920

administrator {parish: Ptichatoday: Pticha hrom., Dubno rai., Rivne obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2022.08.05]
, Holy Trinity; dean.: Dubnotoday: Dubno rai., Rivne obl., Ukraine
more on
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[access: 2020.11.27]
}

till 1920

student {Zhytomyrtoday: Zhytomyr rai., Zhytomyr obl., Ukraine
more on
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, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

others related in death

BIENIECKIClick to display biography Joseph, BORECKIClick to display biography Stanislaus, KARPIŃSKIClick to display biography Joseph, KASPRZYKOWSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus, KOBEĆClick to display biography Anthony, KOWALSKIClick to display biography Joseph, KRUMMELClick to display biography Joseph, KUROWSKIClick to display biography Anthony, MADERAClick to display biography Peter, MARKUSZEWSKIClick to display biography Albin, MATUSZEWICZClick to display biography Anthony, MIODUSZEWSKIClick to display biography Joseph, PIETKIEWICZClick to display biography Adolph, STRONCZYŃSKIClick to display biography Victor, STRUSIEWICZClick to display biography Nicholas, SZYMAŃSKIClick to display biography Vaclav, TUROWSKIClick to display biography Maximilian, ŻMIGRODZKIClick to display biography Joseph, LEŚNIOWSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus, ŁĘGOSZClick to display biography James, MACIEJAKClick to display biography Thaddeus, MAZURKIEWICZClick to display biography Charles, MYSAKOWSKIClick to display biography Stanislaus Francis, PANEKClick to display biography Joseph, ROSŁANIECClick to display biography Francis, ROSZKOWSKIClick to display biography Constantine Louis, SIUZDAKClick to display biography John, SZYMAŃSKIClick to display biography Felix

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

TA Hartheim: In Germ. Tötungsanstalt TA Hartheim (Eng. Killing/Euthanasia Center), in Schloss Hartheim castle in Alkoven village in Upper Austria, belonging to KL Mauthausen–Gusen complex of concentration camps, as part of „Aktion T4”, the victims — underdeveloped mentally — were murdered by Germans in gas chambers. In 04.1941 Germans expanded the program to include prisoners held in concentration camps. Most if not all religious from KL Dachau were taken to Hartheim in so called „transports of invalids” (denoted as „Aktion 14 f 13”) — prisoners sick and according to German standards „unable to work” — from KL Dachau concentration camp (initially under the guise of a transfer to a „better” camp).
Note: The dates of death of victims murdered in Schloss Hartheim indicated in the „White Book” are the dates of deportations from the last concentration camp the victims where held in. The real dates of death are unknown — apart from c. 49 priests whose names were included in the „transports of invalids”, but who did arrive at TA Hartheim. Prob. perished on the day of transport, somewhere between KL Dachau and Munich, and their bodies were thrown out of the transport and cremated in Munich. The investigation conducted by Polish Institute of National Remembrance IPN concluded, that the other victims were murdered immediately upon arrival in Schloss Hartheim, bodies cremated and the ashes spread over local fields and into Danube river. In order to hide details of the genocided Germans falsified both dates of death (for instance those entered into KL Dachau concentration camp books, presented in „White Book” as alternative dates of death) and their causes. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2019.05.30]
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Aktion T4: German euthanasia program, systematic murder of people mentally retarded, chronically, mentally and neurologically ill — „elimination of live not worth living” (Germ. „Vernichtung von lebensunwertem Leben”). In a peak, in 1940‑1, c. 70,000 people were murdered, including patients of psychiatric hospitals in German occupied Poland. From 04.1941 also mentally ill and „disabled” (i.e. unable to work) prisoners held in German concentration camps were included in the program — denoted then as „Aktion 14 f 13”. C. 20,000 inmates were then murdered, including Polish catholic priests held in KL Dachau concentration camp, who were murdered in Hartheim gas chambers. The other „regional extension” of Aktion T4 was „Aktion Brandt” program during which Germans murdered chronically ill patients in order to make space for wounded soldiers. It is estimated that at least 30,000 were murdered in this program. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.10.31]
)

KL Dachau (prisoner no: 22518Click to display biography): KL Dachau in German Bavaria, set up in 1933, became the main concentration camp for Catholic priests and religious during II World War: On c. 09.11.1940, Reichsführer–SS Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, Gestapo and German police, as a result of the Vatican's intervention, decided to transfer all clergymen detained in various concentration camps to KL Dachau camp. The first major transports took place on 08.12.1940. In KL Dachau Germans held approx. 3,000 priests, including 1,800 Poles. They were forced to slave at so‑called „Plantags”, doing manual field works, at constructions, including crematorium. In the barracks ruled hunger, freezing cold in the winter and suffocating heat during the summer. Prisoners suffered from bouts of illnesses, including tuberculosis. Many were victims of murderous „medical experiments” — in 11.1942 c. 20 were given phlegmon injections; in 07.1942 to 05.1944 c. 120 were used by for malaria experiments. More than 750 Polish clerics where murdered by the Germans, some brought to Schloss Hartheim euthanasia centre and murdered in gas chambers. At its peak KL Dachau concentration camps’ system had nearly 100 slave labour sub–camps located throughout southern Germany and Austria. There were c. 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands perished without a trace. C. 10,000 of the 30,000 inmates were found sick at the time of liberation, on 29.04.1945, by the USA troops… (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2016.05.30]
)

KL Sachsenhausen: In KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp, set up in the former Olympic village in 07.1936, hundreds of Polish priests were held in 1940, before being transported to KL Dachau. Some of them perished in KL Sachsenhausen. Murderous medical experiments on prisoners were carried out in the camp. In 1942‑4 c. 140 prisoners slaved at manufacturing false British pounds, passports, visas, stamps and other documents. Other prisoners also had to do slave work, for Heinkel aircraft manufacturer, AEG and Siemens among others. On average c. 50,000 prisoners were held at any time. Altogether more than 200,000 inmates were in jailed in KL Sachsenhausen and its branched, out of which tens of thousands perished. Prior to Russian arrival mass evacuation was ordered by the Germans and c. 80,000 prisoners were marched west in so‑called „death marches” to other camps, i.e. KL Mauthausen–Gusen and KL Bergen–Belsen. The camp got liberated on 22.04.1945. After end of armed hostilities Germans set up there secret camp for German prisoners and „suspicious” Russian soldiers. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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Szczeglin: Transit and labour camp, operational from 01.10.1939 till 15.09.1940. Germans kept there approx. 4,600 Poles before transporting them to concentration camps. Among others on 29.08.1940 Germans sent from Szczeglin 188 Polish priests to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Approx. 150 of those held in Szczeglin were murdered — some in the camp itself, the others in an execution site in Świerkowice forest. (more on: www.dsh.waw.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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26.08.1940 arrests (Warthegau): As part of strategy formulated by the Gaulaiter of German‑occupied Wartheland, Artur Greiser, implementing „Ohne Gott, ohne Religion, ohne Priesters und Sakramenten” — „without God, without religion, without priest and sacrament” — policy, hundreds of Polish priests were arrested on this day. They were jailed, together with priests arrested previously and held in Ląd on Warta river camp, among others, in Szczeglin transit camp n. Mogilno. Three days later all were transferred to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

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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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.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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Jaroslav on Volga river: Harsh Russian prison for political prisoners — so‑called polit–isolator — where dozens of catholic priest were held by the Russians, mainly in 1930s, before sending them to Solovetsky Islands concentration camp.

Trial of 10—12.05.1930: Group trial of c. 30 Polish Catholic priests, one of a series of trials of Polish Catholic priests ministering in Ukraine, by a so‑called „Troika OGPU”, a Russian murderous kangaroo court that took place in Kiev. Most of the priest were sentences to years of slave labour in concentration camps and subsequently sent first to Yaroslav on Volga river prison and next to Solovetsky Island concentration camp. At least 18 did not return perishing in Russian concentration camps, places of mass executions or being deported to the east.

Kiev (Lyukyanivska): Russian political prison in Kiev run by criminal NKVD. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.09.21]
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bibliograhical:, „Victims of German crime among Włocławek diocese clergy”, Fr Stanislau Librowski, „Włocławek Diocese Chronicle”, 07‑08.1947, „Fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917‑39. Martyrology”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin,
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