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

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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religious status

Servant of God

surname

GIERULA

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

religious forename(s)

Hubert George (pl. Hubert Jerzy)

  • GIERULA Joseph (Bro. Hubert George) - Commemorative plaque, lasalians congregation's house, Częstochowa; source: thanks to bro. Marek Urbaniak FSC kindness, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIERULA Joseph (Bro. Hubert George)
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function

laybrother

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
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congregation

Brothers of the Christian Schools FSCmore on
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[access: 2014.09.21]

(i.e. Christian Brothers, Lasallian Brothers)

date and place
of death

08.09.1939

Mirówtoday: district of Częstochowa, Częstochowa city pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
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details of death

After the German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (the Russians attacked Poland 17 days later) and the start of World War II, the Germans entered Częstochowa on 03.09.1939.

The German occupation began.

The next day, sporadic shootings broke out in the city.

In retaliation, the Germans murdered from 227 to 500 Poles and Jews (events became known as „bloody Monday”).

On 08.09.1939, the Germans searched the Congregation's house in Częstochowa.

They found parts of a Polish soldier's uniform and two razors that remained of the Polish cavalry unit, which stationed there a few days before the occupation of Częstochowa by the Germans.

Two monks, father of one of them and five other men were arrested.

Bro.

Hubert dressed in an apron, had hands soiled in charcoal and wept quietly.

All were transported to the barracks of the Polish 27th Infantry Regiment, located at 69 Henry Dąbrowski Str. From there they were taken to the Jaskrowski Forest near Mirów.

There forced to dig a grave and murdered — with a machine gun salvo followed by firing shots from pistols.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

17.03.1876

Umieszcztoday: Tarnowiec gm., Jasło pov., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland
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religious vows

03.08.1906 (last)

positions held

till 1939

friar — Częstochowatoday: Częstochowa city pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Congregation's house (at 71 Casimir Pułaski Str.), Christian Brothers FSC — house assistant, e.g. at the St Stanislav Kostka Primary School

from 1903

friar — Lvivtoday: Lviv urban hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv, Ukraine
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⋄ Congregation's house, Christian Brothers FSC — house assistant, chiefly a cook, prob. at the Christian Brothers St Joseph Primary School and a boarding school for students of the teachers' seminary (1903‑1906)

friar — (Austria–Hungary territory)today: Austro–Hungarian Empire
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⋄ Christian Brothers FSC — house assistant, chiefly a cook, in many houses of the Congregation, e.g. in Vienna

c. 1897

accession — Christian Brothers FSC

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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
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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
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sources

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, newsaints.faithweb.comClick to attempt to display webpage
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, ipn.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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bibliographical:
A martyrology of Polish clergy under German occupation, 1939‑45”, Fr Szołdrski Vladislaus CSSR, Rome 1965

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