St Sigismund parish
85 Wiślana Str.
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland
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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland
XX century (1914 – 1989)
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John (pl. Jan)
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SolikamLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: Perm Krai, Russia
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UsolLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: Perm Krai, Russia
SevPechLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: n. Pechora, Komi rep., Russia
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After German defeat in the World War II started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939, after start in 1944/5 of Russian occupation of Lithuania collaborated with anti–Russian Lithuanian partisans — helped liaisons between various groups of partisans, ministered to them, heard confessions.
Arrested by the Russians on 21.09.1945.
On 28.04.1946 sentenced to 10 years of slave labour in Russian concentration camps Gulag and 5 years of exile.
Transported to SolikamLag concentration camp.
There perished in unknown circumstances.
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According to some hypothesis transported to one of the slave labour concentration camps Gulag on Usa river — possibly SevPechLag.
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Pamūšistoday: Linkuva eld., Pakruojis dist., Šiauliai Cou., Lithuania
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UsolLag: Russian slave labor concentration camp — part of the Gulag system — near the city of Solikamsk in Perm Krai (then called Molotov Krai) in the Urals. Founded on 05.02.1938. Prisoners slaved in logging forests and processing wood. The number of prisoners ranged from 10,000 to 30,000. Among them were Russian Germans, and from 1944/5 German prisoners of war, Lithuanians and Latvians, as well as former soldiers of the Russian Red Army, who were first captured by the Germans and then released. The camp was closed in 1955, when most of the remaining political prisoners were transferred to the republic of Mordovia and a criminal prison was established in its place. (more on: old.memo.ruClick to attempt to display webpage
SolikamLag: Russian slave labour concentration camp — part of Gulag system — near Solikamsk in Perm Krai (known then as Molotov Krai) in Urals. Founded in 1931. Prisoners slave and cellulose manufacturing plant construction, among others. Potassium and magnesium salts were extracted and processed to produce metallic potassium and magnesium. In 1941 800 Latvian were brought in — most perished. From 1944/5 German POWs, Latvians and Lithuanians and former Russian Red Army soldiers taken POW by Germans and then freed by Russian advance were brought in. Mortality rate in 1942 reached c. 35.5%.
SevPechLag: Founded in 1940 in Pechora in Russian Komi republic center of a number of Russian concentration camps Gułag. Prisoners slaved at, among others, forest clearances and Vorkuta railway line — 457 km lengt. Next prisoners worked at construction of branch lines in Vorkuta and vicinity, including Chalmer–Yu line. In 1950 changed to PechorLag concentration camp that operated till 1959. (more on: www.gulag.onlineClick to attempt to display webpage
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
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
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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