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XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

WILOCH

forename(s)

John Louis (pl. Jan Ludwik)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

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

Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.12.20]

date and place
of death

16.08.1941

KL Soldauconcentration camp
today: Działdowo, Działdowo urban gm., Działdowo pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland

more on
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[access: 2018.09.02]

alt. dates and places
of death

Białucki forestn. Białut
today: Iłowo‑Osada gm., Działdowo pov., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland

more on
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[access: 2021.09.02]

details of death

In 1920, during the Russian invasion of Poland, during the Polish–Russian war of 1919‑1921, delegated to serve in the Polish Army Field Ordinariate, among Polish soldiers.

After the Russian defeat in 08.1920 at the Battle of Warsaw („Miracle on the Vistula”), returned to his parish ministry.

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after start of German occupation, arrested by the Germans on 06.03.1941.

For a night held in church in a nearby Bodzanowo and from there on 07.03.1941 transported to KL Soldau concentration camp where perished

alt. details of death

Murdered — during „an attempt to eliminate the typhus epidemic”.

The selected method of this „attempt” was the physical extermination of all prisoners of the KL Soldau concentration camp.

The victims were prob. shot in the Białucki forest (about 10 km east of the camp) and buried in mass graves (according to other sources, the victims were buried in the Jewish cemetery or in the municipal forest in Działdowo).

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

03.08.1886

Płocktoday: Płock city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

24.06.1909 (Płock cathedralmore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.11.14]
)

positions held

1920 – 1941

parish priest — Łętowotoday: Bodzanów gm., Płock pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ St John the Baptist RC parish ⋄ Wyszogródtoday: Wyszogród gm., Płock pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

1916 – 1920

parish priest — Goleszyntoday: Sierpc gm., Sierpc pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ St Matthew the Apostle and the Evangelist RC parish ⋄ Sierpctoday: Sierpc urban gm., Sierpc pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

1909 – 1916

curatus/rector/expositus — Ciechanówtoday: Ciechanów urban gm., Ciechanów pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC church (post–Augustian) ⋄ St Joseph RC parish ⋄ Ciechanówtoday: Ciechanów urban gm., Ciechanów pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

1903 – 1909

student — Płocktoday: Płock city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

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murder sites
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KL Soldau: German Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) KL Soldau (in modern Działdowo city) — since the pre‑war Polish Działdowo county was incorporated into Germ. Regierungsbezirk Allenstein (Eng. Olsztyn regency) the camp was located in occupied territories where general German law was in force, i.e. in Germany proper — was founded in 09.1939, when in former barracks of 32nd Infantry Regiment of Polish Army Germans set up a temporary camp for POW captured during September 1939 campaign. In autumn 1939 was also used as police jail. In 1939‑1940 changed into niem. Durchgangslager für polnische Zivilgefangene (Eng. Transit Camp for Polish Civilians), prior to transport to other concentration camps. In reality it was used then as a place of extermination of Polish intelligentsia within Germ. «Intelligenzaktion» genocidal program and extermination of sick and disabled within «Aktion T4» program. Next in 05.1940 the camp was changed again into niem. Arbeitserziehungslager (Eng. Work Education Camp), and finally into penal comp for criminal and political prisoners, most of whom were sentenced to death. In 1939‑1941 Germans imprisoned, maltreated and tortured in KL Soldau hundreds of Polish priests and religious. Approx. 80 priests, religious and nuns perished. They were murdered in the camp itself, by a shot into a head, or in places of mass executions in nearby forests — Białuty forest, Malinowo forets, Komorniki. Dates and precise locations of these murders remain unknown. Altogether in KL Soldau approx. 15,000 prisoners were murdered, including thousands victims — patients of psychiatric institutions (within «Aktion T4» plan). (more on: mazowsze.hist.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.17]
, en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.02]
)

Białucki forest: Execution site of prisoners held in the KL Soldau concentration camp, by the village Iłowo Osada. Among others Passionists from Przasnysz and c. 58 priests from Płock region were probably murdered there. Altogether in 1941‑1945 Germans murdered there c. 12,000 KL Soldau prisoners. The victims were buried in 3 mass graves in the 200 ha forest. To cover up murders a pine trees were planted on the graves. In 1944 during „Sonderaktion 1005” (Eng. „Special action 1005”) — also „Enterdungsaktion” (Eng. „Exhumation Action”) Germanunits of Germ. Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers‑SS (Eng. Reichsführer‑SS Security Services), i.e. SD, and uniform soldiers of Germ. Ordnungspolizei (Eng. Order Police), i.e. OrPo, dug out the bodies, burnt them, scattered the ashes and again planted pine trees. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.01.13]
, www.polskaniezwykla.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2015.05.09]
)

02‑03.1941 arrests (Zichenau region): In the night of 17/18.02.1941 and night of 06/07.03.1941 Germans arrested dozens of Catholic priests and nuns from Regierungsbezirk Zichenau, a occupied region belonging to German East Prussia province. All were transported through Płock prison to KL Soldau concentration camp. Among the arrested were two Catholic bishops of Płock diocese, abp Nowowiejski and bp Wetmański. Few priests were murdered in KL Soldau (including both bishops), more later on in other concentration camp, mainly in KL Dachau. Most of the nuns were subsequently released.

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 World War II 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
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

Pius XI's encyclicals: Facing the creation of two totalitarian systems in Europe, which seemed to compete with each other, though there were more similarities than contradictions between them, Pope Pius XI issued in 03.1937 (within 5 days) two encyclicals. In the „Mit brennender Sorge” (Eng. „With Burning Concern”) published on 14.03.1938, condemned the national socialism prevailing in Germany. The Pope wrote: „Whoever, following the old Germanic‑pre‑Christian beliefs, puts various impersonal fate in the place of a personal God, denies the wisdom of God and Providence […], whoever exalts earthly values: race or nation, or state, or state system, representatives of state power or other fundamental values of human society, […] and makes them the highest standard of all values, including religious ones, and idolizes them, this one […] is far from true faith in God and from a worldview corresponding to such faith”. On 19.03.1937, published „Divini Redemptoris” (Eng. „Divine Redeemer”), in which criticized Russian communism, dialectical materialism and the class struggle theory. The Pope wrote: „Communism deprives man of freedom, and therefore the spiritual basis of all life norms. It deprives the human person of all his dignity and any moral support with which he could resist the onslaught of blind passions […] This is the new gospel that Bolshevik and godless communism preaches as a message of salvation and redemption of humanity”… Pius XI demanded that the established human law be subjected to the natural law of God , recommended the implementation of the ideal of a Christian state and society, and called on Catholics to resist. Two years later, National Socialist Germany and Communist Russia came together and started World War II. (more on: www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
, www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
)

Polish‑Russian war of 1919‑1921: War for independence of Poland and its borders. Poland regained independence in 1918 but had to fight for its borders with former imperial powers, in particular Russia. Russia planned to incite Bolshevik‑like revolutions in the Western Europe and thus invaded Poland. Russian invaders were defeated in 08.1920 in a battle called Warsaw battle („Vistula river miracle”, one of the 10 most important battles in history, according to some historians). Thanks to this victory Poland recaptured part of the lands lost during partitions of Poland in XVIII century, and Europe was saved from the genocidal Communism. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.12.20]
)

sources

personal:
mazowsze.hist.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
, diecezjaplocka.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.01.13]

bibliographical:
Płock diocese clergy martyrology during II World War 1939‑1945”, Fr Nicholas Marian Grzybowski, Włocławek–Płock 2002
Martyrology of the Polish Roman Catholic clergy under nazi occupation in 1939‑1945”, Victor Jacewicz, John Woś, vol. I‑V, Warsaw Theological Academy, 1977‑1981
original images:
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