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

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Society of the Divine Word (ie. Verbite Fathers) SVDmore on
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(i.e. Verbites, Divine Word Missionaries, Steyler Missionaries)

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(Bismarck Sea waterbody)today: Papua New Guinea
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During World War II started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939, after the outbreak of Japan–American war on 07.12.1941 and the Japanese attack on the islands, which were then a protectorate of Australia, and today belong to the state of Papua New Guinea (the fighting for the islands lasted from 23.01.1942 to 1945), taken prisoner by the Japanese on one of them (prob. the island of New Guinea, on which prob. ministered), and murdered.

On 15.03.1943 on the island of Kairiru, in the garrison of the occupation forces of the Japanese Navy, Bp Joseph Lörks.

6 Devine Word missionaries, 14 religious brothers, 18 nuns and a woman with two children were boarded onto the Japanese destroyer „Akikaze”.

The Japanese treated them as passengers, allocated cabins, fed them, and gave them medicine against seasickness.

During the night, the ship reached Manus Island, bordering the Bismarck Sea from the south, and dropped anchor in the vicinity of Lorengau.

On 17.03.1943, another 20 civilians were accepted on board, including German missionaries, one Hungarian, and 6 Chinese women.

The next day, the „Akikaze” briefly stopped at the northern tip of New Ireland Island, near Kavieng, took the mail, then turned and sailed towards the town of Rabaul, on the northern tip of New Britain island, all within the Bismarck Sea.

During this course, the captain informed the crew that the command of the Japanese 8th Fleet had issued an order to „get rid of” all prisoners.

So they were moved to the fore quarters.

Then, while the destroyer was sailing at maximum speed, all in turn— first men, then women — were taken aft and hung by their wrists on ropes, then they were shot at, and the bodies were immediately thrown into the sea.

The wind, strengthened by the speed of the ship, drowned out subsequent executions.

The children were torn from their mother's hands and thrown overboard.

The execution lasted 3 hours.

The ship called at Rabaul at 10.00 pm.

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Piotrowiectoday: Pieniężno gm., Braniewo pov., Warmia‐Masuria voiv., Poland
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friar — (Papua New Guinea territory)today: Papua New Guinea
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⋄ Mission houses, Verbites SVD — ministry in one of the Mission houses, prob. on New Guinea island, on the territory in the years 1884‐1914 belonging to the so‐called German New Guinea protectorate

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KUBITZAClick to display biography John (Bro. Bartholomew), MATYLClick to display biography Joseph (Bro. Andrew), POSMIKClick to display biography Paul (Bro. Ananias), SCHWARZClick to display biography Adolph (Bro. Raphael), ROMAŃSKIClick to display biography John, SCHLESIGERClick to display biography Agatha (Sr Imeldina)

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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
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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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