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05-507 Słomczyn
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Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

STEINKE

forename(s)

Eric (pl. Eryk)

forename(s)
versions/aliases

Eric (pl. Erich)

function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Territorial Prelature of Schneidemühlmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.07.06]

Gniezno and Poznań archdiocese (aeque principaliter)more on
www.archpoznan.pl
[access: 2012.11.23]

nationality

German

date and place
of death

12.02.1945

Rzeczycatoday: Tuczno gm., Wałcz pov., West Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]

details of death

In 1945, his parish village of Rzeczyca was in the line of German fortifications and defensive forts, known as the Pomeranian Wall.

During the Russian winter offensive of 1945, ending the military conflict of World War II, started by the German and Russian invasions of Poland in 09.1939 — during the so‐called the Vistula–Oder Operation (more precisely the so‐called Pomeranian Operation) — the Wall was breached by the Russian army, supported by the 1st Polish Army, formed by the Commie‐Nazis at the side of the Russian army, on 29.01‐20.02.1945.

Rzeczyca was taken over by the Russians prob. in 11.02.1945 (on that day they captured the nearby Tuczno).

Murdered at that time by Russian soldiers.

At the cemetery in Rzeczyca there is his grave and a common grave of 11 men from Rzeczyca who were murdered on the same day.

It is assumed that after conquering the village, the Russians forced the men to do some work nearby.

Some were released and some were murdered on the way back.

Among those killed was the parish priest.

cause of death

murder

perpetrators

Russians

date and place
of birth

01.11.1891

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

19.02/12.1914

positions held

1923 – 1945

parish priest — Rzeczycatoday: Tuczno gm., Wałcz pov., West Pomerania voiv., Poland
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⋄ St Bartholomew the Apostle RC parish ⋄ Wałcztoday: Wałcz gm., Wałcz pov., West Pomerania voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.07.18]
RC deanery

1920 – c. 1923

vicar — Wałcztoday: Wałcz gm., Wałcz pov., West Pomerania voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.07.18]
⋄ St Nicholas the Bishop and Confessor RC parish ⋄ Wałcztoday: Wałcz gm., Wałcz pov., West Pomerania voiv., Poland
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en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.07.18]
RC deanery

1918 – c. 1920

vicar — Bydgoszcztoday: Bydgoszcz city pov., Kuyavia‐Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.20]
⋄ Sacred Heart of Jesus RC church ⋄ St Martin and St Nicholas the Bishops and Confessors RC parish (main parish)Bydgoszcztoday: Bydgoszcz city pov., Kuyavia‐Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.20]
RC deanery

others related
in death

BLESKEClick to display biography John, BUHLClick to display biography John, CZEKALLAClick to display biography Theophilus, GRABKEClick to display biography Leo, GROCHOCKIClick to display biography John, HELLWIGClick to display biography Francis, HUNDRIESERClick to display biography Paul Leo, KLEMTClick to display biography Leo, KÖNIGClick to display biography Robert, KRUGClick to display biography Maximilian, MERSMANNClick to display biography Alphonse, MICHALIKClick to display biography Herbert, REPKEClick to display biography Justus, RISSClick to display biography Francis, SCHADEClick to display biography John, SOBIERAJCZYKClick to display biography Alphonse, STEINKEClick to display biography Herbert, STRAUCHClick to display biography Emil, SZYNKOWSKIClick to display biography Francis, TETZLAFFClick to display biography Anthony, WINGERClick to display biography Leo, WITTIGClick to display biography Augustus

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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 Stanislav 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
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, www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
)

sources

personal:
www.theologisches.netClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.11.28]
, www.heimatkreis-deutsch-krone.deClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2022.04.12]

bibliographical:
Lexicon of the clergy vicimised in prl in 1945‐1989”, collective work edited by Jerzy Myszor, Warsaw, 2002

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