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

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  • KOŃCZEWSKI Joseph (Bro. John Vianney Mary); source: Lukas Janecki, „Biographical-bibliographical dictionary of Polish Conventual Franciscan Fathers murdered and tragically dead in 1939—45”, Franciscan Fathers’ Publishing House, Niepokalanów, 2016, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKOŃCZEWSKI Joseph (Bro. John Vianney Mary)
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surname

KOŃCZEWSKI

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

religious forename(s)

John Vianney Mary (pl. Jan Vianney Maria)

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function

laybrother

creed

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

congregation

Order of Friars Minor Conventual OFMConvmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

(i.e. Conventual Franciscans)

date and place
of death

08.02.1944

Makarkinon. Zamoshye village
today: village non–existent, Luga reg., Leningrad oblast, Russia

alt. dates and places
of death

Zahirya-Kukilnytsketoday: Bilshivtsi hrom., Stanislaviv/Ivano–Frankivsk rai., Stanislaviv/Ivano–Frankivsk, Ukraine
more on
uk.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]

Zagowo Stokolnikitoday: location unknown
Zagórze Stokolnickietoday: location unknown

details of death

After German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (Russians invaded Poland 17 days later) and start of the World War II released on 06.09.1939 from Niepokalanów monastery.

Went home, then in Gzin village in Pomerania.

After start of German occupation returned to Niepokalanów monastery on 12.06.1940 —had to get through, prob. without appropriate documents, across the border that the Germans demarcated between the lands that they incorporated directly into Germany, incl.

Pomerania, and the so‑called General Governorate, streching over the central Polish lands.

On 12.10.1941, after German attack on 22.06.19141 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, facing increasing rate of arrests and persecutions in Niepokalanów, went to visit his family ‑ again prob. illegally across the border between the General Government and the lands „incorporated into Germany”.

Did not return — was forcefully drafted into German army.

Initially sent to the western front, to France, but next sent back to the eastern front.

At the start served prob. as a nurse in a field hospital.

Next underwent infantry training followed by formal nursing training organized by Red Cross.

Perished during German–Russian war, perished during the Russo–German war, prob. during the so‑called the Lenigrad–Novgorod operation, when in 01‑02.1944 the Russians unblocked Sankt Petersburg (Leningrad) from the German encirclement.

On 01—15.02.1944, the Russians continued their attack, incl.

towards the city of Luga and then he perished in one of the nearby villages.

alt. details of death

Some sources quote different places of death (listed above as alternatives).

In such a case it would be possible that the death occurred in Ukraine, during Russian Dnieper—Carpathian Offensive

cause of death

warfare

perpetrators

Russians

date and place
of birth

19.08.1914

Otowicetoday: Dąbrowa Chełmińska gm., Bydgoszcz pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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religious vows

08.09.1935 (temporary)
20.08.1939 (permanent)

positions held

1933 – 1941

friar — Niepokalanówtoday: part of Paprotnia village, Teresin gm., Sochaczew pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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⋄ Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary monastery, Conventual Franciscans OFMConv — milking department (1941), administration department (1940‑1941), correction department (1939), secretary for Warsaw and Warsaw voivodeship in administration department (1937‑1939), stenography department (1934), administration department (1933‑1937)

from 22.03.1934

novitiate — Niepokalanówtoday: part of Paprotnia village, Teresin gm., Sochaczew pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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⋄ Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary monastery, Conventual Franciscans OFMConv

from 06.05.1933

accession — Conventual Franciscans OFMConv

murder sites
camp 
(+ prisoner no)

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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, www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
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)

sources

personal:
www.teresin.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2015.04.18]
, www.niedziela.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2021.12.18]

bibliographical:
Biographical–bibliographical dictionary of Polish Conventual Franciscan Fathers murdered and tragically dead in 1939‑45”, Lukas Janecki, Franciscan Fathers’ Publishing House, Niepokalanów, 2016„A martyrology of Polish clergy under German occupation, 1939‑45”, Fr Szołdrski Vladislaus CSSR, Rome 1965

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