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Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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surname

GÜRTLER

surname
versions/aliases

GUERTLER

forename(s)

Joachim Anthony (pl. Joachim Antoni)

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function

diocesan seminarian

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
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diocese / province

Katowice diocesemore on
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Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
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[access: 2014.12.20]

date and place of death

03.12.1942

Katowicetoday: Katowice city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
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details of death

After German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (Russians invaded Poland 17 days later) and start of the World War II released home on 04.09.1939 from theological seminary by his bishop.

After start of German occupation forced to support his family and took on a menial job in Łabędy.

Got involved in clandestine „Lily of the Valley” organization (part of Polish Clandestine State) securing charity support and distributing Polish resistance leaflets.

Arrested by the Germans 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 Bytom jail.

For participation in the clandestine organization „Social Care” on 17.07.1942 sentenced by a German summary court Germ. Standgericht in Katowice to death.

From there on kept in Katowice prison where finally was murdered on guillotine, together with Fr John Macha and another Polish co–conspirator.

The body was burnt in KL Auschwitz concentration camp's crematorium.

cause of death

beheading

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

01.11.1918

Rudaform.: Glückauf colony
today: district in Ruda Śląska, Ruda Śląska city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland

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positions held

till 1939

student {Krakówtoday: Kraków city pow., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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, philosophy and theology, Silesian Theological Seminary; dioc.: Katowice}, 2nd year from 09.1939

others related in death

MACHAClick to display biography John Francis

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Auschwitz: German KL Auschwitz concentration camp (Germ. Konzentrationslager) and death camp (Germ. Vernichtungslager) camp was set up by Germans around 27.01.1940 n. Oświęcim, on the German territory (initially in Germ. Provinz Schlesien — Silesia Province; and from 1941 Germ. Provinz Oberschlesien — Upper Silesia Province). Initially mainly Poles were interned. From 1942 it became the centre for holocaust of European Jews. Part of the KL Auschwitz concentration camps’ complex was death camp (Germ. Vernichtungslager) KL Auschwitz II Birkenau, located not far away from the main camp. There Germans murder possibly in excess of million people, mainly Jews, in gas chambers. Altogether In excess of 400 priests and religious went through the KL Auschwitz, approx. 40% of which were murdered (mainly Poles). (more on: www.meczennicy.pelplin.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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Katowice (prison): Detention centre run by Germans and later, in 1945, took over by the Commie–Nazis.

Bytom: Prison built by the Germans in 1858‑62. During World War II, many Poles were held there — prior to being transported to concentration camps. After the German defeat in 1945 and start of the Russian occupation, the prison was, inter alia, concentration point of the Silesian population (German and Polish, including members of the resistance Home Army AK, part of the Polish Underground State) before being deported to the NKVD concentration camp in Toszek and forced deportations to Russia. Until the 1970s, death sentences were carried out in the Bytom prison by hanging and beheading (including former members of AK). (more on: www.sw.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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EG Myslowitz: Germ. Polizei Ersatz Gefängnis in Myslowitz (Eng. Police Substitute Prison Mysłowice) was operational from 13.02.1941 till 22.01.1945. Altogether c. 18,000 people went through it, including c. 2,000 women, mainly citizens of the Katowice regency, part of Germ. Provinz Oberschlesien (Eng. Upper Silesia Province) — on average from 100 to 1,200 at any one time. Initially only men were held captive. From 1941 also women were admitted, and from the beginning of 1943 a part of camp was dedicated to underage boys (underage girls were held in women block). Tortures were used. Killings and executions took place. Germans used also the camp to select people for public executions, without a proper court proceedings. Most of the prisoners, including children and teens were subsequently dispatched to concentration and death camps (mainly to nearby KL Auschwitz). (more on: ipn.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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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
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