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

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XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

NIEDZIELAK

forename(s)

Steven (pl. Stefan)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Warsaw archdiocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.12.20]

honorary titles

prelatemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.11.14]

Commander's Cross with Star „Polonia Restitutamore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2019.04.16]

Virtuti Civili Silver Crossmore on
encyklopedia.pwn.pl
[access: 2024.06.02]

Home Army Crossmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2019.04.16]

date and place
of death

20.01.1989

Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.10.09]

alt. dates and places
of death

21.01.1989

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, during German occupation, collaborator of the then‐in‐exile Polish Government Representation in Poland (part of Polish Clandestine State).

Clandestine resistance Home Army AK courier between Kraków and Warsaw.

Chaplain of the Łowicz District of the National Military Organization NOW, under the nom‐de‐guerre „Zielony” (Eng. „Greeen”) — in the captain rank — and of Łódź AK District (after incorporation of the part of NOW into AK).

Manager of Central Social Council RGO Catholic church‐run charity organization during World War II.

Warsaw Uprising of 08‐10.1944 participant.

After end of military hostilities and start of Russian occupation member of clandestine, resistance Freedom and Independence WiN organisation.

In 1940s went into hiding from murderous Commie‐Nazi UB units, branches of Russian KGB in prl — arrested but after few months released.

Later, particularly in 1970s and 1980s (after foundation of „Solidarity”), opposition–dissident activist.

Demanded revealing information about Katyn massacres. Co‐creator and organizer of the construction of the „To the Fallen and Murdered in the East” Sanctuary.

Constantly terrorized by Commie‐Nazi SB, unit of Russian KGB (among others in 1968 repeatedly detained and held for 48 hours in the SB detention centers).

Murdered, prob. with a single karate blow, by so‐called „unknown perpetrators” — prob. Commie‐Nazi UB unit — in his rectory.

cause of death

murder

perpetrators

Russians / Poles

date and place
of birth

01.09.1914

Podolszyczetoday: part of Płock, Płock city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

23.06.1940 (Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.10.09]
)

positions held

1977 – 1989

parish priest — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ St Charles Borromeo RC parish

1961 – 1977

parish priest — WarsawPraga district on the right bank of Vistula
today: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ Our Lady of Loreto RC parish

1956 – 1961

rector — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ St Charles Borromeo RC church

1950 – 1956

priest — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ All the Saints RC parish ⋄ Warsaw‐northdeanery name
today: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
RC deanery — participant in church reconstruction

1946 – 1950

priest — WarsawSolec neighborhood
today: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ Holy Trinity RC parish — participant in church reconstruction

c. 1945

vicar — Łowicztoday: Łowicz urban gm., Łowicz pov., Łódź voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ Holy Spirit RC parish ⋄ Łowicztoday: Łowicz urban gm., Łowicz pov., Łódź voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

vicar — Bolimówtoday: Bolimów gm., Skierniewice pov., Łódź voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.07.16]
⋄ Holy Trinity RC parish ⋄ Łowicztoday: Łowicz urban gm., Łowicz pov., Łódź voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

vicar — Wiskitkitoday: Wiskitki gm., Żyrardów pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.04.12]
⋄ All the Saints and St Stanislav the Bishop and Martyr RC parish ⋄ Mszczonówtoday: Mszczonów gm., Żyrardów pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.03.16]
RC deanery

c. 1935 – c. 1939

student — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Metropolitan Theological Seminary

others related
in death

BLACHNICKIClick to display biography Francis Charles, KIJClick to display biography Anthony, KOWALCZYKClick to display biography Stanislav (Fr Honoré), PALIMĄKAClick to display biography Stanislav, POPIEŁUSZKOClick to display biography George Alexander Alphonse, SUCHOWOLECClick to display biography Stanislav, ZYCHClick to display biography Silvester

murder sites
camp 
(+ prisoner no)

Martial law of 1981: Martial law declared on 13.12.1981 by Russian controlled Polish Commie‐Nazi party and army of the Russian republic prl, aimed to liquidate the independent trade union „Solidarity”. During c. 8 years of martial law regulations Security Police SB, Polish Commie‐Nazi unit of Russian NKVD, murdered over 100 activists of „Solidarity”. At least six priests were also killed in circumstances never fully explained. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2015.03.01]
)

Warsaw Uprising: Lasted from 01.08.1944 till 03.10.1944. Was an attempt to liberate Polish capital from occupying Germans by the Polish Clandestine State — a unique in the history of the world political structure on the territories occupied by the Germans, effectively governing clandestinely in Poland — and by fighting on its behalf underground military units, mainly of Home Army (former Armed Struggle Association ZWZ) and National Armed Forced (NSZ). At the same time Russians stopped on purpose the offensive on all front, halted on the other bank of Vistula river and watched calmly the annihilation of the city, refusing even the mid‐landing rights to the Allied planes carrying weapons and supplies to the insurgents from Italy. During the Uprising Germans murdered approx. 200,000 Poles, mainly civilians. Approx. 200 priests and nuns died in fighting or were murdered by the Germans, many in mass executions. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.17]
)

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

sources

personal:
pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.12.20]
, mtrojnar.rzeszow.opoka.org.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.12.20]

bibliographical:
Register of alumni of the Higher Theological Seminary WSD in Warsaw”, WSD archives
original images:
peerel.wordpress.comClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.12.20]
, www.13grudnia81.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.12.20]
, pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.12.20]

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