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

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diocesan priest


Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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diocese / province

Vilnius archdiocesemore on
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Mogilev archdiocesemore on
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date and place of death


KarLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: n. Karaganda, Karaganda reg., Kazakhstan

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After Communist coup in Russia in 1917 moved to reborn Poland.

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 15.07.1943 during extermination of Polish intelligentsia of Białystok region known as Black July 1943.

Kept in Grodno and Białystok prisons.

Released after 7 months.

After German defeat in 1944 and start of another Russian occupation arrested by the Russians on 13(18).12.1944.

Jailed in Homel prison.

Accused of „anti–Soviet agitation, […] praising of the German fascist order […] and counter revolutionary activities”, of „educating children in religious–nationalist spirit”.

On 29.10.1946 sentenced — and the sentence got confirmed on 15.11.1946 — to 5 years of slave labour in Russian concentration camps — Gulag.

On 29.11.1947 transported to IntaLag concentration camp in Arkhangelsk region.

Next on 09.06.1948 transferred to KarLag concentration camp n. Karaganda in Kazakhstan where perished.

cause of death




date and place of birth


Rzhavetstoday: village non–esistent (prob.), Ushachy dist., Vitebsk reg., Belarus

alt. dates and places of birth


presbyter (holy orders)/

1901 (Sankt Petersburgtoday: Saint Petersburg city, Russia)

positions held

from 1933

resident {parish: Grodnotoday: Grodno dist., Grodno reg., Belarus, main parish St Francis Xavier; dean.: Grodnotoday: Grodno dist., Grodno reg., Belarus}

from 1933

chaplain {Grodnotoday: Grodno dist., Grodno reg., Belarus, child care home}

1923 – 1933

prefect {parish: Sokółkatoday: Sokółka gm., Sokółka pow., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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, St Anthony of Padua; elementary schools and the Coeducational Humanistic Gymnasium of the Poviat's Parlament; dean.: Sokółkatoday: Sokółka gm., Sokółka pow., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
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c. 1923

prefect {parish: Garwolintoday: Garwolin gm., Garwolin pow., Masovia voiv., Poland
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, Transfiguration of the Lord; State Coeducational Gymnasium}

1914 – c. 1917

administrator {parish: Bykhawtoday: Bykhaw dist., Mogilev reg., Belarus
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, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Rahachow / Bykhawdeanery names/seats
today: Belarus

1908 – c. 1912

administrator {parish: Zembintoday: Barysaw dist., Minsk reg., Belarus
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, main parish Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Barysawtoday: Barysaw dist., Minsk reg., Belarus}

till c. 1901

student {Sankt Petersburgtoday: Saint Petersburg city, Russia, philosophy and theology, Imperial Roman Catholic Spiritual Academy (1842‑1918)}

others related in death

ČEPULISClick to display biography Bernard, LIEPAClick to display biography Peter

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KarLag: Russian concentration camp and forced labour camp n. Karaganda in Kazakhstan. One of the largest in Gulag penal system, operational in 1930‑59 (though even later parts of the camp were used as a new concentration camp and prison). Stretched over 300 by 200 km, centered in Dolinka village, c. 45 km from Karaganda. One of the goals was creation a large food base for the developing coal and metallurgical industries of Kazakhstan. 10,000 to 65,000 (in 1949) prisoners — including women and children many of whom perished — were held in the camp at any one time. In total over 1,000,000 inmates slaved in KarLag over its history. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.10.13)

IntaLag: Russian concentration camp and forced labour camp, part of GULAG penal system, in the Komi republic (beyond Arctic Circle) — created from a number of camps of VorkutLag concentration camp comples, aimed at exploration and mining of coal deposits n. Inta. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2013.08.17)

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)

Grodno: Prison used both by the Russians (in 1920, 1939‑41 and from 1944) and the Germans (in 1941‑4). Thousands of Poles were jailed there.

Black July 1943: On 20.05.1943 East Prussia German Gaulaiter, Erich Koch, nominated Otton Helwig a new German commander of SS und Polizeiführer (Eng. SS and police commander) of Bezirk (Eng. region) Białystok. He immediately initiated a pacification action ostensibly targeted at Polish partisans. The real aim was intimidation of the Poles from Białystok region and extermination of its leading classes. Herbert Zimmermann, security police and SD commanded, deputy commander of Einsatzgruppen SS (Eng. Operational Groups) for Germ. Bezirk (district) Bialystok, issued an order to arrest and execute 19 people, physicians, barristers, city staff and teacher, including their families, in each all county cities of the district. On 10.07.1943 a „Commando Müller” (from the surname of its murderous commander, prob. Hermann Müller), consisting of Belarus support batallion, Lithuanian units dressed in German uniforms, German Gendarmerie and police and German Gestapo members, perpetrated a series of mass murders in various places in Bezirk Białystok (including its Łomża and Grodno regions). In 07.1943 Germans murdered more than 1,000 people (prob. near 2,000). On 15.07.1943 only in all county seats of Bezirk Bialystok at least 9 local Polish intelligentsia families, including women, children and old were selected and murdered. Among the victims were many priests: in executions in Pilice forest, Wiszownik forest, Kosówka forest, Naumowicze, Jeziorka, etc. Germans murdered at least 15 clerics. (more on: www.swzygmunt.knc.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.10.13)

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:, „Vilnius archdiocese clergy martyrology 1939‑1945”, Fr Thaddeus Krahel, Białystok, 2017,
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