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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John (pl. Jan)
Alphonse (pl. Alfons)
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date and place of death
Katowicetoday: Katowice city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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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 — left in 01.1945 his monastery in Stoczek Klasztorny, together with co–friars, Fr Stephen Maruszczyk among them.
Reached prob. Malbork and there decided to return.
After Stoczek capture by the Russians (nearby Lidzbark Warmiński Russians overtaken on 31.01.1945) arrested by the Russians and held in local jail.
Released but soon rearrested, prob. in the beginning of 02.1945.
Through Jeziorany, Lidzbark Warmiński and Wystruć transit camp deported to Stalino slave labour concentration camp, in Donetsk region.
Slaved in coal mines.
Soon got sick and left out in the camp's barracks where helped as a paramedic.
Released (according to other sources: managed to escape) and through Lviv arrived on 22.12.1945 at Kraków.
Totally exhausted and ill transported to Katowice, where perished in the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth hospital.
alt. details of death
According to some sources initially held — together with Fr Stephen Maruszczyk, among others — in a concentration camp in Vsesvyetskaya village, in Chusovoy region, c. 150 km east from Perm (then known as Molotov) at the foot of Ural mountains — later, from 1946, part of famous Perm‑36 concentration camp where Russians held political prisoners till 1987.
Prob. slaved in a sawmill.
From there was to be transported to camps in Donetsk region.
It is also possible, though less probable, that was held in Donez village n. Kharkiv.
cause of death
extermination: exhaustion and disease
date and place of birth
Wełnowiectoday: part of Katowice, Katowice city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
presbyter (holy orders)/
07.03.1929 (Innsbrucktoday: Innsbruck–Land dist., Upper Austria, Austria)
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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.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2018.09.02)
Ural: In Ural mountains there were a numer of Russian concentration camsp and forced labour camps (part of Gulag penal system), eg. SevUralLag, TagilLag, VosUralLag, etc., and POW camps. (more on: www.gulagmuseum.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2014.11.28)
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: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 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.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2018.09.02)
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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bibliograhical:, „Lexicon of the clergy vicimised in prl in 1945‑1989”, collective work edited by Jerzy Myszor, Warsaw, 2002, „Lexicon of Polish clergy repressed in USSR in 1939‑1988”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin,
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