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surname

LESZCZUK

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

function

eparchial priest

creed

Ukrainian Greek Catholicmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Przemyśl eparchymore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

honorary titles

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

nationality

Ukrainian

date and place of death

28.08.1949

Bozhkovotoday: Poltava obl., Ukraine

details of death

Prob. participant of Polish–Ukrainian war of 1918‑9 as a soldier of the Ukrainian Galician Army UGA (fighting mainly in Hungary).

In 1923, during the first famine in Russian Ukraine, as the head of the local branch of the „Enlightenment” organization, initiated a protest against the deliberate destruction of the Ukrainian nation by Soviet Russia.

After the end of military hostitilies of the II World War, started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 — after German defeat and start in 1944 of another Russian occupation — active opponent of a group preparing incorporation of the Greek Catholic Church into Russian Orthodoxy (known as „initiative group” that finally managed to bring a formal dissolution of Greek Catholic Church by the Russians and its incorporation into Russian Orthodox Church on 08—10.03.1946 during so‑called Lviv pseudo–council).

This opposition led to his arrest on 11.10.1945 agents of Russian genocidal NKVD organisation from Lviv oblast.

Accused of among others that „while living in Rava–Ruska […] publish two books in 1937 [(„Christian education of the youth” and „Teaching the candidates to Marys' Teams”)] nationalist in nature, slandering the Soviet Russian state, the Communist party and life in Soviet Russia.

And in 10.1945 during the search of his premises two anti–Russian and nationalistic book, printed in 1942 and 1942, were found”.

On 18.04.1943 sentenced by the kangaroo court of murderous MVD organisation (successor of NKVD) from Lviv oblast to 10 years of slave labour in Russian concentration camps Gulag.

Transported to Stalino concentration camp, to Yasinuvata village, and next to country „resocialisation colony” no 16 in Bozhkovo village.

There perished.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Russians

date and place of birth

06.01.1894

Staivkatoday: Sokal rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine

alt. dates and places of birth

18.01.1894

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

10.04.1921 (Greek Catholic Przemyśl cathedral)

positions held

1944 – 1945

priest {parish: Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine; dean.: Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine}

1941 – 1944

prefect {Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine, primary schools}

1939 – 1941

administrator {parish: Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine; dean.: Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine}

manager {„Mary's Team”}, also: founder

priest {parish: Richkytoday: Zhovka rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine; dean.: Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine}

priest {parish: Staivkatoday: Sokal rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine; dean.: Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine}

1921 – 1939

prefect {Rava–Ruskatoday: Rava–Ruska hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine, schools, incl. a lycem}

1917 – 1918

student {Przemyśltoday: Przemyśl city pow., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.04.01]
, philosophy and theology, Greek Catholic Theological Seminary}

1915 – 1916

student {Lvivtoday: Lviv city rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.16]
, philosophy and theology, Greek Catholic Theological Seminary}

1914 – 1915

student {Kroměřížtoday: Kroměříž dist., Zlín reg., Czechia
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.22]
, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

student {Viennatoday: Vienna state, Austria
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.07.31]
, philosophy and theology, Greek Catholic Theological Seminary}

writer and editor

widower four children

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Stalino camps: Headquarters of a series of Russian slave labour concentration and POW camps, founded starting from 1942‑3, in Stalino (now Donetsk), centre of Donbas coal mining and steel making region in southern Ukraine. In 1944‑6 a control and filtration camp no 240 was set up and at the beginning of 1945 had c. sub camps, including in Yenakiyeve. POW camp no 280 was operational longer. Russians brought there internees from the regions captured by their army who had not managed to escape with withdrawing Germans, among others from Warmia. Most slaved in Donbas coal mines. Among those held were c. 4,782 soldiers of Polish Home Army AK and other independent resistance organizations (part of Polish Clandestine State). In 04‑05.1945 Russians sent tens of thousands of miners from Silesia to slave labour in Donbas mines — only some returned to Poland, 10 years later. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.02]
)

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 webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

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 webpage
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

Polish-Ukrainian war of 1918—9: One of the wars for borders of the newly reborn Poland. At the end of 1918 on the former Austro–Hungarian empire’s territory, based on the Ukrainian military units of the former Austro–Hungarian army, Ukrainians waged war against Poland. In particular attempted to create foundation of an independent state and attacked Lviv. Thanks to heroic stance of Lviv inhabitants, in particular young generation of Poles — called since then Lviv eaglets — the city was recaptured by Poles and for a number of months successfully defended against furious Ukrainian attacks. In 1919 Poland — its newly created army — pushed Ukrainian forces far to the east and south, regaining control over its territory. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2017.05.20]
)

sources

personal:
uk.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2020.04.04]
, postup.brama.comClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2020.04.04]

bibliograhical:, „Clergy of Przemyśl Eparchy and Apostolic Exarchate of Lemkivshchyna”, Bogdan Prach, Ukrainian Catholic University Publishing House, Lviv 2015,
original images:
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[access: 2020.04.04]

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