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Warsaw archdiocese
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surname

GRABOWSKI

forename(s)

Henry (pl. Henryk)

function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Lutsk diocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]
Military Ordinariate of Poland
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.12.20]

date and place of birth

08.04.1907

Dazhva (Volhynia oblast, Ukraine)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

24.06.1934

positions held

resident of Kumów n. Chełm parish (1944), f. parish priest of Powursk parish in Kowel deanery (1938‑43), f. administrator of Czersk parish in Kowel deanery, f. parish priest of Wojtkiewicze parish in Sarny deanery (1936‑7), f. vicar of Kowel parish (1934‑5), f. theology and philosophy student at Theological Seminary in Lutsk (till 1924)

date and place of death

1944

Chełm Lubelski

cause of death

torment

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War active in resistance movement in Kowel–Sarny counties as a chaplain to the 22. Wolhynia Infantry Division of Polish Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State) under nom‑de‑guerre „Violet”. In Powursk church took AK soldiers’ oaths. Spiritual minister to clandestine scout unit in Przewursk (part of Polish Clandestine State as well). In 09.1943 in the face of growing attacks of the genocidal Ukrainian OUN/UPA organization on Polish villages (during the genocide perpetrated by Ukrainians, known as „Volhynia genocide”) left Przewursk and moved to Kowel. In 1944 facing imminent Russian invasion left Kowel after German–ordered evacuation. Settled in Chełm Lubelski. There perished in the hospital, apparently from self–mutilation. According to his Powursk parishioners Ukrainian hospital staff might have been instrumental in his death.

alt. dates and places of death

1945

perpetrators

Ukrainians (?)

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Volhynia genocide: In 1939‑47, especially in 1943‑4, independent Ukrainian units, supported by local Ukrainians, murdered — often in a very brutal way — in Volhynia and surrounding regions of pre‑war Poland, from 70,000 to 130,000 Poles, all of the civilians, women, children, old and young, men. This Ukrainian genocide, perpetrated by Ukrainian nationalists, in many cases collaborating with German occupants, on vulnerable Polish population took part in hundreds of villages and small towns, where virtually all Polish inhabitants were wiped out. During this Polish holocaust more than 200 priests, religious and nuns perished. This genocide ended up in total elimination of Poles from Ukraine and also expulsion of Ukrainians from contemporary eastern‑southern Poland by Commie‑Nazi Russian controlled Polish security forces and from western Ukraine by Russians in „Vistula Action”. (more on: wolyn1943.eu.interiowo.pl [access: 2013.12.04], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.12.04])

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:
www.duszki.pl [access: 2012.11.23], cracovia-leopolis.pl [access: 2013.01.26]
bibliograhical:
„Register of Latin rite Lviv metropolis clergy’s losses in 1939‑45”, Józef Krętosz, Maria Pawłowiczowa, editors, Opole, 2005
„Biographical lexicon of Lviv Roman Catholic Metropoly clergy victims of the II World War 1939‑1945”, Mary Pawłowiczowa (ed.), Fr Joseph Krętosz (ed.), Holy Cross Publishing, Opole, 2007

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