Roman Catholic parish
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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland
XX century (1914 – 1989)
Joachim Anthony (pl. Joachim Antoni)
Latin (Roman Catholic) Church
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.09.21]
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II year student of Silesian Theological Seminary in Cracow
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After German invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War released home from theological seminary by his bishop. Forced to support his family undertook menial job in Łabędy. Got involved in clandestine „Konwalia” organization (part of Polish Clandestine State) securing charity support and distributing Polish resistance leaflets. Arrested on 07.09.1941 (according to some sources in 06.1941) together with two of his brothers. Altogether after a betrayal and denunciation Germans arrested a dozen or so members of a group led by him and Fr John Macha. Incarcerated in Mysłowice police jail. Tortured. On 28.01.1942 moved to Mysłowice prison and next on 03.07.1942 to Bytomgaol. For participation in the clandestine organization „Social Care” on 17.07.1942 sentenced by a German summary court in Katowice to death. From there on kept in Katowice prison where finally was murdered on guillotine, together with Fr Jana Macha and another Polish co–conspirator. The body was burnt in KL Auschwitz concentration camp’s crematorium.
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KL Auschwitz: German KL Auschwitz (today: Oświęcim) concentration and death camp was set up by Germans around 27.01.1940 on the German territory. Initially mainly Poles were interned. From 1942 it became the centre for holocaust of European Jews. In excess of 400 priests and religious went through the camp, approx. 40% of which were murdered (mainly Poles). Part of the KL Auschwitz concentration camps’ complex was KL Birkenau, not far away from the main camp. There Germans murder possibly in excess of million people, mainly Jews, in gas chambers. (more on: en.auschwitz.org.pl [access: 2012.11.23], www.meczennicy.pelplin.pl [access: 2013.07.06])
Katowice (prison): Detention centre run by Germans and later, in 1945, took over by the Commie–Nazis.
Bytom: Detention centre run by Germans. (more on: www.sw.gov.pl [access: 2013.08.10])
Mysłowice: Detention centre run by Germans.
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])
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