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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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  • SZACHMUĆ Roman (Fr Seraphim) - before 1939, source: commons.wikimedia.org, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOSZACHMUĆ Roman (Fr Seraphim)
    before 1939
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  • SZACHMUĆ Roman (Fr Seraphim) - Contemporary painting, source: monasterium.by, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOSZACHMUĆ Roman (Fr Seraphim)
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religious status

saint

surname

SZACHMUĆ

forename(s)

Roman

religious forename(s)

Seraphim (pl. Serafin)

  • SZACHMUĆ Roman (Fr Seraphim) - Cenotaph, churchyard, Kurashevo, Belarus, source: zapadrus.su, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOSZACHMUĆ Roman (Fr Seraphim)
    Cenotaph, churchyard, Kurashevo, Belarus
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canonisation date

28.10.1999

Council of Bishops of the Belarus Orthodox Church

function

hieromonk

creed

Eastern Orthodox Church ORmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.09.21]

date and place
of death

05.03.1946

UnzhLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: Nizhny Novgorod oblast, Russia

more on
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[access: 2022.01.09]

alt. dates and places
of death

1946

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, and start of German occupation, went to eastern Belarus where on the territories liberated by Germans from Russian communists, for c. 20 years let without any pastoral care — visisted, among others, Kopyl, Slutsk, Uzda (1941), Minsk (1941‑1942), Vitebsk region (1942), Orsha, Bykhiv, Zhlobin, Mogilev, Ragachov, Bobruisk, Gomel (e.g. nearby Khonky village), Minsk again, where ministered in the Ortodox cathedral (1943‑1944).

Attempted to set up new parishes and monasteries.

Collected information about repressions against Orthodox church by the communists.

After German defeat in 1944 and start of another Russian occupation arrested by the genocidal Russian NKVD in Grodno on 06.09.1944.

After 5 days of interrogations moved to Minsk.

Accused of collaboration with German security forces Sicherheitsdienst SD.

In prison got a heart condition.

On 07.07.1945 sentenced to 5 years in Russian slave labour concentration camps Gulag.

Taken to Sukhobezvodnoye train station and from there to one of a few dozen camps in UnzhLag concentration camp system.

There perished — prob. was tortured: locked in a solitary cell filled with water.

alt. details of death

According to some sources perished in a prison of Russian genocidal NKVD organisation.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Russians

date and place
of birth

15.01.1901

Padlyesyetoday: Zherebkovichi ssov., Lyakhavichy dist., Brest reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.08.05]

religious vows

01.04.1923 (permanent)

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

1935

positions held

c. 1940 – 1941

Archimandrite, i.e. superior abbot — Zhirovichitoday: Zhirovichi ssov., Slonim dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary OR monastery

c. 1939

hegumen–superior — Zhirovichitoday: Zhirovichi ssov., Slonim dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ Dormition of the Mother of God OR monastery, Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church PACP

1935 – 1938

hieromonk — Kuraszewotoday: Czyże gm., Hajnówka pov., Podlaskie voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.05.02]
⋄ St Anthony of the Caves OR parish

1935

hieromonk — Zhirovichitoday: Zhirovichi ssov., Slonim dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ Dormition of the Mother of God OR monastery, Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church PACP — ordained to the priesthood in 1935

1926 – 1935

hierodeacon — Zhirovichitoday: Zhirovichi ssov., Slonim dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ Dormition of the Mother of God OR monastery, Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church PACP — ordained deacon in 1926; also: head of the monastery choir, monastery treasurer

1923 – 1926

monk — Zhirovichitoday: Zhirovichi ssov., Slonim dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ Dormition of the Mother of God OR monastery, Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church PACP

06.1922 – 04.1923

novice — Zhirovichitoday: Zhirovichi ssov., Slonim dist., Grodno reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2022.11.09]
⋄ Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary OR monastery

c. 1921 – c. 1922

psalmist — Vieliacičytoday: Pleshchitsy ssov., Pinsk dist., Brest reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2023.04.10]
⋄ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary OR parish — pslamist exams – 1921

1916 – 1917

novice — Minsktoday: Minsk city reg., Belarus
more on
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[access: 2020.07.31]
⋄ Holy Spirit OR stavropegial monastery — novitiate interrupted due to the family and political situation

c. 1915

accession — Minsktoday: Minsk city reg., Belarus
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2020.07.31]
⋄ Holy Spirit OR stavropegial monastery

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murder sites
camp 
(+ prisoner no)

UnzhLag: Russian slave labor concentration camp UnzhLag (as part of the Gulag camp complex) founded on 05.02.1938, located in the village of Sukhobezvednoye in the Nizhny Novgorod region (then Gorky), on the Unzha River. Being in the center of the forest complex, the prisoners slaved in logging forests, manufacturing wood fuel for Moscow, skis, railway sleepers, furniture, as well as clothes, shoes, clay vessels, and building and maintaining a railway line. In c. 30 sub‑camps, up to 30,146 prisoners were held at one time (01.01.1948). Among them, 30‑50% were considered „political”. 5‑20% were women. In 1949, half of the clergy imprisoned in Russia, 1,876 out of 3,523, were held captive in the UnzhLag camp. It functioned until the 1960s. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

Gulag: The acronym Gulag comes from the Rus. Главное управление исправительно–трудовых лагерей и колоний (Eng. Main Board of Correctional Labor Camps). The network of Russian concentration camps for slave labor was formally established by the decision of the highest Russian authorities on 27.06.1929. Control was taken over by the OGPU, the predecessor of the genocidal NKVD (from 1934) and the MGB (from 1946). Individual gulags (camps) were often established in remote, sparsely populated areas, where industrial or transport facilities important for the Russian state were built. They were modeled on the first „great construction of communism”, the White Sea–Baltic Canal (1931‑1932), and Naftali Frenkel, of Jewish origin, is considered the creator of the system of using forced slave labor within the Gulag. Up to 12 mln prisoners were held there at one time, i.e. c. 5% of Russia's population. In his book „The Gulag Archipelago”, Alexander Solzhenitsyn estimated that c. 60 mln people were killed in the Gulag until 1956. Formally dissolved on 20.01.1960. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
, en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

Minsk: Russian prison. In 1937 site of mass murders perpetrated by the Russians during a „Great Purge”. After Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II place of incarceration of many Poles, In 06.1941, under attack by Germans, Russians murdered there a group of Polish prisoner kept in Central and co‑called American prisons in Mińsk. The rest were driven towards Czerwień in a „death march” (10,000‑20,000 prisoners perished), into Russia. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.17]
)

Grodno: Prison used both by the Russians (in 1920, 1939‑1941 and from 1944) and the Germans (in 1941‑1944). Thousands of Poles were jailed there.

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 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]
)

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