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St Sigismund parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana Str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

WOLSKI

forename(s)

John (pl. Jan)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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[access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Pinsk diocesemore on
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[access: 2013.05.19]

Minsk diocesemore on
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[access: 2013.05.19]

Mogilev archdiocesemore on
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[access: 2013.06.23]

honorary titles

honorary canonmore on
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[access: 2014.11.14]
(Pińsk cathedral)

date and place
of death

15.10.1942

Borysowski forestn Gubernia estate and Borisova village
today: Kobryn, Kiselevtsy ssov., Kobryn dist., Grodno reg., Belarus

more on
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[access: 2023.01.18]

details of death

After the German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and the start of World War II, after Russian invasion on 17.09.1939, pro–communist militias murdered 60 Polish officers, policemen and civilians in his parish — their list was secured by Fr Wolski and thanks to that it has survived to this day.

Thus began the Russian occupation.

After German attack of 06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, and start of German occupation, arrested by the Belarusian police collaborating with German political police Gestapo on 09.10.1942 (according to some sources a month earlier).

Held in local prison at Brzeska Str. Murdered on the day Kobryń ghetto was liquidated by the Germans — together with his vicar, Fr Vladislaus Grobelny, and the Jews, including two rabbis, whom he helped to escape from ghetto, issued false baptism certificates, whom he was hiding and whom he helped after their escape from the ghetto.

The corpses were buried in previously prepared pits in the forest near Kobryn.

In 1944, the Germans dug them up — forcing Russian prisoners of war to do the job — and then burned them in a nearby barn.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

1887

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

14.11.1910

positions held

1937 – 1942

dean {dean.: Kobryntoday: Kobryn dist., Brest reg., Belarus
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}

1937 – 1942

parish priest {parish: Kobryntoday: Kobryn dist., Brest reg., Belarus
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, main parish Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Kobryntoday: Kobryn dist., Brest reg., Belarus
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}

1932 – c. 1939

membership {Pinsktoday: Pinsk dist., Brest reg., Belarus
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, Council of Synodal Parish Priests–Consultors, Diocesan Curia}

c. 1933

dean {dean.: Nyasvizhtoday: Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus}, acting („ad interim”)

1921 – 1937

parish priest {parish: Snoŭtoday: Snoŭ ssov., Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.07.22]
, St John the Baptist; dean.: Nyasvizhtoday: Nyasvizh dist., Minsk reg., Belarus}, also: county inspector of religion classes in elementary schools (c. 1929 ‑ 1937)

1913 – c. 1917

administrator {parish: Hlusktoday: Hlusk dist., Mogilev reg., Belarus
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[access: 2023.01.18]
, St Anne; dean.: Babruysktoday: Babruysk dist., Mogilev reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2020.12.11]
}

1910 – c. 1912

vicar {parish: Pinsktoday: Pinsk dist., Brest reg., Belarus
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[access: 2022.07.16]
, main parish Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Pinsktoday: Pinsk dist., Brest reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.07.16]
}

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in death

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murder sites
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Help to the Jews: During II World War on the Polish occupied territories Germans forbid to give any support to the Jews under penalty of death. Hundreds of Polish priests and religious helped the Jews despite this official sanction. Many of them were caught and murdered. (more on: www.naszdziennik.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.31]
)

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
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

sources

personal:
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[access: 2013.02.15]
, www.straty.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2015.04.18]
, pamiecitozsamosc.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.01.13]

bibliograhical:, „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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, www.sztetl.org.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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