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Roman Catholic parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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James (pl. Jakub)


eparchial priest


Ukrainian Greek Catholic
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Przemyśl eparchy
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]



date and place of death


VorkutLag labour camp
GULAG slave labour camp system, Komi rep.

alt. dates and places of death

PechorLag labour camp
GULAG slave labour camp system, Komi rep.

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after German defeat and start in 1944 of another Russian occupation, arrested on 08.11.1944 by a unit of Russian „Smersh” — counter–espionage units of Russian army. Accused that during German occupation „was a member of [Ukrainian genocidal] OUN political party and encouraged others to join [one of the units of genocidal] OUN organization, and additionally during forming of [14th Grenadiers] SS‑Galizien Division encouraged youths to join the division to fight against Russian army”. Did not confess, neither to participation in SS‑Galizien formation nor to membership of UPA. On 02.02.1945 sentenced by Russian military kangaroo summary court from Lviv garrison to 20 years of slave labour in Russian concentratiopn camps Gulag. Transported out perished in a camp (prob. one of the camps of VorkutLag or PechorLag camp groups).

alt. details of death

On 28.08.1854, after his death, Russians … reduced the sentence to 10 years of slave labour […]

cause of death




date and place of birth


Lviv obl.

presbyter (holy orders)/

03.09.1911 (Greek Catholic Przemyśl cathedral)

positions held

administrator of Hole Ravske in Rava–Ruska deanery (1942‑4), f. vicar of Stary Lubliniec parish in Cieszanów deanery (1939‑42), f. parish priest of Dmytrovichi in Sudova Vyshnia deanery (1926‑39), Bednarka in Gorlice deanery (1920‑6) parishes, f. administrator of Stefkowa in Ustrzyki Dolne deanery (1918‑9), Czarnorzeki in Krosno deanery (1912‑8) parishes, f. vicar of Khlivchani parish in Uhniv deanery (1911‑2), f. theology and philosophy student at Greek Catholic Theological Seminaries in Przemyśl (1910‑1), Lviv (1907‑10), married

others related in death

CZEWERYŃSKI Stephen, JACIW Nestor John, KECUN Joseph, TYCHOWSKI Leo, WESELIJ Vladimir, CZUBATY Vladimir, CZAJKOWSKI Theophilus

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

VorkutLag: Russian complex of concentration camps and forced labour camp (part of Gulag penal system), near Vorkuta in Komi republic, created on 10.15.1938 — as a result of the split of larger UktpechLag complex of camps — where Russians held many Poles prisoners. Up to 75,000 (at peak — in 1950‑1 — c. 100,000) prisoners slaved there mainly in coal mines. In the most tragic 1943 c. 15.5% of prisoners held in the camp perished. Total number of victims of Vorkuta camps remains unknown. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09])

PechorLag: Russian complex of concentration camps and forced labour camps (part of Gulag penal system), north of the Arctic Circle near Vorkuta in Komi republic, where Russians held many Poles prisoners. Founded in 1950 from SevPechLag concentration camp, with HQ in Abez. In those times accessible only along the river system sailable for only a couple of months a year. In 1955 UkhtIzhemLag camp got incorporated in to it. Operational till 1959. (more on: www.gulagmuseum.org [access: 2014.11.14])

Gulag: Network of Russian slave labour concentration camps. At any given time up to 12 mln inmates where held in them, milions perished. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09])

Volyn genocide: In 1939‑47, especially in 1943‑4, independent Ukrainian units, mainly belonging to genocidal Ukrainian organizations OUN (political arm) and UPA (military arm), supported by local Ukrainian population, murdered — often in extremely brutal way — in Volyn and surrounding regions of pre‑war Poland, from 70,000 to 130,000 Poles, all civilians: men, women, children, old and young. Polish–Ukrainian conflict that openly emerged during and after I World War (in particular resulting in Polish–Ukrainian war of 1918‑9), that survived and even deepened later when western Ukraine became a part Poland, exploded again after the outbreak of the II World War in 09.1939. During Russian occupation of 1939‑41, when hundreds of thousands of Poles were deported into central Russia, when tens of thousands were murdered (during so‑called Katyń massacres, among others), this open conflict had a limited character, helped by the fact that at that time Ukrainians, Ukrainian nationalists in particular, were also persecuted by the Russians. The worst came after German–Russian war started on 22.06.1941 and German occupation resulted. Initially Ukrainians supported Germans (Ukrainian police was initiated, Ukrainians co—participated in extermination of the Jews and were joining army units fighting alongside Germans). Later when German ambivalent position towards Ukraine became apparent Ukrainians started acting independently. And in 1943 one of the units of aforementioned Ukrainian OUN/UPA organization, in Volyn, started and perpetrated a genocide of Polish population of this region. In mere few weeks OUN/UPA murdered, with Germans passively watching on the sidelines, more than 40,000 Poles. This strategy was consequently approved and adopted by all OUN/UPA organisations and similar genocides took place in Eastern Lesser Poland (part of Ukraine) where more than 20,000 Poles were slaughtered, meeting however with growing resistance from Polish population. Further west, in Chełm, Rzeszów, etc. regions this genocide turned into an extremely bloody conflict. In general genocide, perpetrated by Ukrainian nationalists, partly 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. More than 200 priests, religious and nuns perished. This holocaust and conflict ended up in total elimination of Polish population and Polish culture from Ukraine, in enforced deportations in 1944‑5 of remaining Poles from Ukraine and some Ukrainians into Ukraine proper, and finally in deportation of Ukrainians from East‑South to the Western parts of Polish republic prl by Commie‑Nazi Russian controlled Polish security forces („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])


dlibra.kul.pl [access: 2019.12.26], www.vox-populi.com.ua [access: 2020.04.04]
„Clergy of Przemyśl Eparchy and Apostolic Exarchate of Lemkivshchyna”, Bogdan Prach, Ukrainian Catholic University Publishing House, Lviv 2015


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