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    XIX c., feretory
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    XIX c., feretory
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    XIX c., feretory
    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock, source: www.swietyjozef.kalisz.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
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  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Będzin?, source: powiat.bedzin.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Będzin?
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  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Contemporary painting, source: archiczest.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Contemporary painting
    source: archiczest.pl
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  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Contemporary painting, source: www.sosnowiecfakty.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Contemporary painting
    source: www.sosnowiecfakty.pl
    own collection

religious status

blessed

surname

GIETYNGIER

forename(s)

Louis Rock (pl. Ludwik Roch)

  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - 2000, monument, Żarki, source: www.pomnikowo.eu, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    2000, monument, Żarki
    source: www.pomnikowo.eu
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  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Commemorative plaque, Romuald Traugutt's Lyceum No2, Częstochowa, source: www.wczestochowie.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Commemorative plaque, Romuald Traugutt's Lyceum No2, Częstochowa
    source: www.wczestochowie.pl
    own collection
  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Chapel, Raczyn, source: www.polskaniezwykla.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Chapel, Raczyn
    source: www.polskaniezwykla.pl
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  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Cenotaph?, family grave, Saint Simon and Saint Judas Thaddaeus the Apostles parish cementery, Żarki, source: www.genealogia.okiem.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Cenotaph?, family grave, Saint Simon and Saint Judas Thaddaeus the Apostles parish cementery, Żarki
    source: www.genealogia.okiem.pl
    own collection
  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Commemorative plaque, Corpus Christi collegiate, Wieluń, source: www.basiapg.republika.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Commemorative plaque, Corpus Christi collegiate, Wieluń
    source: www.basiapg.republika.pl
    own collection
  • GIETYNGIER Louis Rock - Martyrs of the II World War Monument, St John the Baptist church, Szczecin, source: www.szczecin.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOGIETYNGIER Louis Rock
    Martyrs of the II World War Monument, St John the Baptist church, Szczecin
    source: www.szczecin.pl
    own collection

beatification date

13.06.1999

John Paul II

function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Częstochowa diocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

academic distinctions

Theology MA

date and place of birth

16.08.1904

Żarki (Myszków county)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

25.06.1927 (Jasna Góra Monastery)

positions held

parish priest of Raczyn parish (1939‑41), f. nominee–director of T. Kościuszko’s Private Bishop’s Gymnasium for Boys in Wieluń (1939), f. secondary schools’ prefect and Ressurection Congregation Sisters chaplain in Częstochowa (1934‑9), f. Church assistant to the Catholic Intelligentsia Union group in Częstochowa (1938), f. parish vicar and school prefect in Będzin (1929‑34), f. vicar of Strzemieszyce parish (1927‑9), f. PhD student at Jagiellonian University (1937‑9), f. student of Jagiellonian University (1927‑9)

date and place of death

30.11.1941

KL Dachau

cause of death

extermination: exhaustion and starvation

details of death

After German invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War survived German air raid on Wieluń that flattened down 75% of the town. Being unable to take over the director’s post at the Bishop’s Gymnasium in Wieluń due to closure of Polish secondary education by Germans nominated parish priest of Raczyn parish. Arrested on 06.10.1941 by the Germans. Interned in Konstantynów transit camp. Finally on 30.10.1941 transported to KL Dachau concentration camp where perished beaten up to death by a German kapo.

perpetrators

Germans

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The urn containing the ashes of the victim — the body was prob. cremated at Germ. Ostfriedhof (Eng. Eastern cemetery) in Munich — is being kept in Am Perlacher Forst cemetery, at place known as Germ. Ehrenhain I (Eng. „Remembrance Grove nr 1”), in Munich (marked as urn no K1721)

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Dachau (prisoner no: 28288): KL Dachau in German Bavaria, set up in 1933, became the main concentration camp for Catholic priests and religious during II World War: Germans imprisoned there approx. 3,000 priests, including 1,800 Poles. They were forced to slave at so‑called „Plantags”, doing manual field works, at constructions, including crematorium. In the barracks ruled hunger, freezing cold in the winter and suffocating heat during the summer. Prisoners suffered from bouts of illnesses, including tuberculosis. Many were victims of murderous „medical experiments” — in 11.1942 c. 20 were given phlegmon injections; in 07.1942 to 05.1944 c. 120 were used by for malaria experiments. More than 750 Polish clerics where murdered by the Germans, some brought to Schloss Hartheim euthanasia centre and murdered in gas chambers. At its peak KL Dachau concentration camps’ system had nearly 100 slave labour sub–camps located throughout southern Germany and Austria. There were c. 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands perished without a trace. C. 10,000 of the 30,000 inmates were found sick at the time of liberation, on 29.04.1945, by the USA troops… (more on: www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de [access: 2013.08.10], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.05.30])

Konstantynów: Transit concentration camp set up on 05.01.1940 and operational till 16.08.1943. Polish prisoners from Greater Poland (Wielkopolska), Pomerania and central Poland were held there. Approx. 42,000 were interned, thousands of them perished out of which approx. 700 were identified. In 10.1941‑12.1941 approx. 450 Polish priests and religious from Częstochowa, Łódź and Włocławek dioceses and Poznań archdiocese were imprisoned there prior to transport to KL Dachau concentration camp. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.10], ipn.gov.pl [access: 2013.08.17])

06.10.1941 arrests (Warthegau): On 13.09.1941 Gaulaiter of German province Germ. Reichsgau Wartheland, in German–occupied Greater Poland (where German standard law was in force), Artur Greiser, implementing „Ohne Gott, ohne Religion, ohne Priesters und Sakramenten” — „without God, without religion, without priest and sacrament” — policy issued a decree formally dissolving Catholic Church and forming in its place a Roman Catholic German National Church in Wartheland, an organization subject to a German private law. All the contacts with Vatican were forbidden. All the religion congregations were also dissolved. On 06‑07.10.1941 mass arrests of Polish Catholic priests took place. All were herded into Konstantynów or Ląd on Warta river transit camps or KL Posen concentration camp. On 30.10.1941 most of them were transported to KL Dachau concentration camp.

Air raids 1939: During invasion of Poland commenced on 01.09.1939 Germans systematically attacked civilian targets. Many cities (Wieluń, Frampol, Warszawa, Lwów, Łomża, Puck, etc.) were bombed during air raids and totally destroyed. The hospitals and churches, visibly marked as such, were not spared. German planes also attacked columns of fleeing people on the roads, massacring them. It is estimated that c. 150,000–200,000 civilians were killed or murdered by the Germans in 09.1939. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.04.18])

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. „The 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 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.org [access: 2015.09.30])

sources

personal:
pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.12.20], arolsen-archives.org [access: 2019.10.13], www.ipgs.us [access: 2012.11.23]
bibliograhical:
„Urns kept at the Am Perlacher Forst cemetery — analysis”, Mr Gregory Wróbel, curator of the Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź, private correspondence, 25.05.2020
original images:
www.swietyjozef.kalisz.pl [access: 2017.01.21], powiat.bedzin.pl [access: 2017.01.21], archiczest.pl [access: 2016.08.14], www.sosnowiecfakty.pl [access: 2017.01.21], www.pomnikowo.eu [access: 2017.01.21], www.wczestochowie.pl [access: 2013.12.04], www.polskaniezwykla.pl [access: 2017.01.21], www.genealogia.okiem.pl [access: 2017.01.21], www.basiapg.republika.pl [access: 2014.01.06], www.szczecin.pl [access: 2014.09.21]

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