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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

SZEPTYCKI

forename(s)

Andrew Mary Stanislav (pl. Andrzej Maria Stanisław)

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function

diocesan seminarian

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
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[access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Lviv archdiocesemore on
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[access: 2013.05.19]

Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
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[access: 2014.12.20]

academic distinctions

Law MA
Bachelor of Science of Commerce

honorary titles

War Order of Virtuti Militari — Silver (5th Class)more on
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[access: 2019.10.13]

September Campaign Crossmore on
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[access: 2023.11.24]

date and place
of death

15.05.1940

Katyntoday: Smolensk reg., Smolensk oblast, Russia
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[access: 2020.09.24]

alt. dates and places
of death

16.04.1940, 17.04.1940

Smolensktoday: Smolensk oblast, Russia
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[access: 2022.01.06]

details of death

25.01‐06.03.1938 completed exercises, in the reserves of the Polish Army, with the 22nd SubCarpathian Uhlan Regiment in Brody, ended with promotion to the rank of reserve sergeant cadet. On 06.07.1938 promoted to the rank of reserve cavalry second lieutenant, with seniority from 01.01.1938. After joining the Theological Seminary in 1938, classified by the military authorities as a reserve member of the unarmed militia.

In 08.1939 was not mobilized. After the German attack on Poland on 01.09.1939 (the Russians attacked 17 days later) and the start of World War II, as a second lieutenant of cavalry, was to join — according to some sources with the consent of his bishop — a sanitary unit passing through his hometown Prylbychi, belonging to Grand Hetman of the Crown Stanislav Żółkiewski's 6th Mounted Riflemen Regiment, forming in Zhovkwa (approx. 40 km from Prylbychi).

Further fate unclear. Perhaps, together with the 6th Regiment, traveled part of the route to the place of its concentration, which led through Brody. And in Brody got off the train, because the 22nd SubCarpathian Uhlan Regiment was being mobilized there.

Perhaps took part in battles with the Germans near Głowno in the Łódź region and later retreated east (the regiment capitulated on the San River, near Biłgoraj).

After the Russian invasion of Poland on 17.09.1939, arrested by the Russians.

Held in the Russian NKVD Kozelsk concentration camp. Was there on 27.11.1939, as is attested by the date of the preserved letter to the family. Perhaps, however, had previously been held in the NKVD camp in Starobelsk, because the commander of the sanitary company with which went to the front, Captain George Myszkowski, was held there as attested by his cards from there to his family, and on 27.11.1939 was with him in Kozelsk. In 01.1940, learned from a return letter that on 29.09.1939, his parents, family and several household members were murdered in his home Prylbychi village by Russians or revolting Ukrainians.

From Kozelsk — his name is on the NKVD deportation list No. 029/5, item 72 (case No. 986), prepared in Moscow NKVD HQ on 13.04.1940, with an order to be placed at the disposal of the head of the NKVD Directorate in Smolensk — deported in 04.1940 (the date is unknown, but judging by the date of preparation of the deportation list, deportation took place — as in other known cases — shortly thereafter) to the execution site in the Katyn forest or in the basement of the internal prison of the Regional Directorate of the NKVD in Smolensk, and murdered there.

By Polish Minister of Defence’s decision No. 439/MON of 05.10.2007 posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

alt. details of death

There are indications that might have been murdered in a genocidal Russian NKVD organisation's prison in Smoleńsk and his body subsequently transported to and dumped into a mass grave in Katyń forest.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Russians

date and place
of birth

05.08.1912

Prylbychitoday: Novoiavorivsk urban hrom., Yavoriv rai., Lviv, Ukraine
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positions held

1938 – 1939

student — Lvivtoday: Lviv urban hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv, Ukraine
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⋄ theology, Department of Theology, John Casimir University [i.e. clandestine John Casimir University (1941‐1944) / Ivan Franko University (1940‐1941) / John Casimir University (1919‐1939) / Franciscan University (1817‐1918)]

1938 – 1939

student — Lvivtoday: Lviv urban hrom., Lviv rai., Lviv, Ukraine
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⋄ philosophy and theology, Metropolitan Theological Seminary — 2nd year from 09.1939

1932 – 1937

student — Warsawtoday: Warsaw city pov., Masovia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.10.09]
⋄ law, Department of Law and Political Sciences, University of Warsaw [i.e. University of Warsaw (from 1945) / clandestine University (1939‐1945) / Joseph Piłsudski University (1935‐1939) / University of Warsaw (1915‐1935) / Imperial University of Warsaw (1870‐1915)] — postgraduate specialised studies crowned in 06.1937 with the Master of Law degree

1935 – 1936

cadet — Grudziądztoday: Grudziądz city pov., Kuyavia‐Pomerania voiv., Poland
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⋄ Cavalry Reserve Cadet School — ten‐month long military training, with two‐month long practice in the 2nd squadron of the 22nd SubCarpathian Uhlan Regiment in Brody, completed with the rank of cadet corporal, in 13/110 place, and transfer on 19.09.1936 to the Army reserves

1930 – 1932

student — Antwerptoday: Antwerp prov., Flemish reg., Belgium
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ St Ignatius Loyola University of Commerce, Jesuits SI — postgraduate specialised studies, crowned with Fr. licencie és sciences commerciales (Eng. Bachelor of Science of Commerce)

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ALEKSANDROWICZClick to display biography Anthony, CHOMAClick to display biography Edward Anthony, CICHOWICZClick to display biography Nicholas, DRABCZYŃSKIClick to display biography Ignatius Marian (Cl. Dominic), FEDOROŃKOClick to display biography Simon, ILKÓWClick to display biography Nicholas, KONTEKClick to display biography Stanislav, POHORECKIClick to display biography John, POTOCKIClick to display biography John Josaphat, SUCHCICKIClick to display biography Casimir, URBANClick to display biography Vladislav Michael, ZIÓŁKOWSKIClick to display biography John Leo

murder sites
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Katyn (NKWD murders 1940) (prisoner no: 03304): From 03.04.1940 till 12.05.1940 Russians in a planned genocide executed in Katyń c. 4,400 Polish POWs kept in Kozielsk concentration camp. The victims were brought by train through Smolensk to the Gnezdowo station in convoys, in groups of 50 to 344 people. From the station to the crime scene, in the so‐called the Kozye Hory area —NKVD recreation center — the victims were transported in a prison bus (known as „chornyi voron”, i.e. black crow). At the site the younger and stronger had military coats put over their heads and their hands were tied behind their backs with a Russian‐made hemp rope, after which they were all killed at short distance with a shot from a 7.65 mm Walther pistol, usually one to the back of the head. Some victims were pierced with a square Russian bayonet. A number of the victims were prob. murdered in the basements of the so‐called internal prison of the NKVD Regional Directorate in Smolensk, where the victims were placed in a sewer manhole, their heads were placed on the bank, and then they were shot in the back of the head. The murdered were buried in eight pits ‐ mass graves. The victims included, among others: Rear Admiral Xavier Czernicki, Generals Bronislav Bohatyrewicz, Henry Minkiewicz and Mechislav Smorawiński, the Chief Orthodox Chaplain of the Polish Army, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Fedorońko, the Chief Rabbi of the Polish Army, Major Baruch Steinberg, 9 Roman Catholic priests, one Greek Catholic and one Evangelical priest, as well as one woman — a pilot Second Lieutenant Janine Lewandowska. The murders were part of an organized Russian genocidal operation against Polish prisoners of war, bearing all the hallmarks of genocide, known as the «Katyn genocide». (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
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«Katyn genocide 1940»: On 05.03.1940, the Russian Commie‐Nazi authorities — the Politburo of the Russian Communist Party — made a formal decision to exterminate tens of thousands of Polish intelligentsia and military personnel held in Russian camps as a consequence of the German‐Russian Ribbentrop‐Molotov Agreement, the invasion of Poland and the annexation of half of Poland in 09.1939, and the beginning of World War II. The implementing act was order No. 00350 of the head of the NKVD, Mr Lavrentyi Beria, on the „discharge of NKVD prisons” in Ukraine and Belarus. The entire action — the murders were committed, among others, in Katyn, Kharkov, Tver, Bykovnia and Kuropaty — was coordinated centrally from the NKVD headquarters in Moscow. This is evidenced by the so‐called deportation lists of subsequent groups of Polish prisoners (usually about 100 people) from NKVD camps sent to places of execution, prepared and distributed a few days before the executions from Moscow. It is also evidenced by the earlier deportations of Polish priests from the Kozelsk, Ostashkov and Starobilsk NKVD camps to NKVD prison in Moscow, or their isolation, just before Christmas on 25.12.1939, prob. in order to deprive Polish prisoners of spiritual care at that time — clearly actions controlled from the NKVD HQ in Moscow. There are indications — i.e. four so‐called „NKVD‐Gestapo Methodical Conferences” of 1939‐1940: in Brest on Bug, Przemyśl, Zakopane and Cracow — of close collaboration between Germans and Russians in realization of plans of total extermination of Polish nation, its elites in particular — decision that prob. was confirmed during meeting of socialist leaders of Germany: Mr Heinrich Himmler, and Russia: Mr Lavrentyi Beria, in another German leader, Mr Hermann Göring, hunting lodge in Rominty in Romincka Forest in East Prussia. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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KLW Kozelsk (prisoner no: 986): Russian Rus. Концентрационный Лагерь для Военнопленных (Eng. POW Concentration Camp) KLW, run by genocidal Russian NKVD organization, for Poles arrested after the invasion in 1939, operating in 1939‐1940 in Kozelsk — on the premises of the 18th century Orthodox Stauropygial Introduction of the Mother of God into the Temple Optyn Monastery, shut down and robbed by the Russian Bolsheviks in 1923. In 04‐05.1940, c. 4,594 people were detained there, who were then — as part of the implementation of the decision of the Russian authorities to exterminate dozens thousands of Polish intelligentsia and military personnel — murdered in Katyn. The prisoners included one rear admiral of the Polish Navy, four generals, c. 100 colonels and lieutenant colonels, c. 300 majors and c. 1,000 captains and captains of the Polish Army. Around half of them were reserve officers, including: 21 professors, associate professors and lecturers at universities, over 300 doctors, several hundred lawyers, several hundred engineers, several hundred teachers and many writers, journalists and publicists. There was also one woman, 2nd Leutenant pilot Janine Lewandowska. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
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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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Schematismus Universi Saecularis et Regularis Cleri Archi Diaeceseos Metropol. Leopol. Rit. Lat.”, Lviv Metropolitan Curia, from 1860 till 1938
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