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Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese
Poland

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  • KLIMCZAK Michael Eugene (Fr Dennis); source: Fr Thaddeus Krahel, „Vilnius archdiocese clergy martyrology 1939—1945”, Białystok, 2017, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKLIMCZAK Michael Eugene (Fr Dennis)
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surname

KLIMCZAK

forename(s)

Michael Eugene (pl. Michał Eugeniusz)

religious forename(s)

Dennis (pl. Dionizy)

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function

religious cleric

creed

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

congregation

Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans - OFMConv)
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Immaculate Mary province OFMConv
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.08.18]
st Anthony of Padua and bl. James Strzemię province OFMConv
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.08.18]
Military Ordinariate of Poland
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.12.20]

date and place of birth

27.09.1907

Lviv

religious vows

10.02.1929 (last)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

07.02.1932 (Cracow)

positions held

guardian of Grodno monastery (1939‑43), parish priest of Our Lady of Angels parish in Grodno (1939‑43), f. friar of Łódź–Łagiewniki monastery (1937‑9) — director of Third Order of Saint Francis, retreat preacher, f. parish priest of Łódź–Łagiewniki parish (1937‑9), f. friar of Gniezno monastery? (1934‑8), f. friar of Grodno monastery (1935‑7) — steward, f. vicar of Grodno parish (1935‑7), f. friar of Przemyśl monastery (1934‑5) — steward, f. friar of Horyniec monastery (1932‑4), f. vicar of Horyniec parish (1932‑4), f. friar of Cracow monastery (1928‑32), f. theology and philosophy student at Franciscan Higher Theological Seminary in Cracow (1928‑32), f. friar of Lviv monastery (1923‑8), f. student of Henry Sienkiewicz State Gymnasium in Lviv (1919‑28), novitiate in Lviv monastery (from 19.08.1923), in Order from 1923

date and place of death

15.07.1943

Naumovichi (Grodno oblast, Belarus)

cause of death

mass murder

details of death

During German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939, after start of the II World War, was in Warsaw and ministered as army chaplain. After Polish defeat in 09.1939 returned to Grodno, then already under Russian occupation. Evicted by Russians, together with his co–friars, from Grodno monastery — Russians organized there a hospital — ministered in local parish. After German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, and start of German occupation returned for a short time to his monastery but soon was evicted again, this time by Germans. In 1942 arrested by the Germans and held as hostage in Grodno prison. After a fortnight released. Arrested again by the Germans on 14.07.1943 or on 15.07.1943 at 05:00 in the morning and on 06:00 murdered — as part of German extermination plan of Polish intelligentsia of Białystok region, called Black July 1943 — among more than 75 Polish victims, including c. 5 other Catholic priests, at former military Fort IIa in Grodno vicinity.

alt. dates and places of death

04.07.1943

alt. details of death

According to other sources arrested by the Germans in 1943 — for helping Jews among others — and jailed in Grodno prison. After 6 weeks murdered.

perpetrators

Germans

others related in death

BESZTA-BOROWSKI Anthony, BURAK Mark, KOCHANOWSKI Felix, KOZŁOWSKI Joseph, KUŹMICKI Witold, OLSZEWSKI Louis, OPIATOWSKI Henry, PĘZA Alexander, PŁOŃSKI Joseph, ROSZAK Edmund, RUTKOWSKI Bronislaus, SKOKOWSKI Justin, SZULC Joseph, SZYPIŁŁO Casimir

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Naumowicze: On 13.06.1943 in Fort IIa in Naumowicze village c. 10 km from Grodno — in a place known for mass murders perpetrated by the Germans on Jews in 1941‑2 — Germans, as part of their extermination program against partisans, executed 50 hostages from Lipsk — apparently in retribution for death of two Germans. Among the victims was bl. Maryanna Biernacka. Two days later, on 15.06.1943, Germans murdered in excess of 75 victims, among them whole families. Among the victims were 6 Catholic priests. (more on: www.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2013.01.06])

Black July 1943: On 20.05.1943 East Prussia German Gaulaiter, Erich Koch, nominated Otton Helwig a new German commander of SS und Polizeiführer (Eng. SS and police commander) of Bezirk (Eng. region) Białystok. He immediately initiated a pacification action ostensibly targeted at Polish partisans. The real aim was intimidation of the Poles from Białystok region and extermination of its leading classes. On 10.07.1943 a „Commando Müller” (from the surname of its murderous commander, prob. Hermann Müller), consisting of Belarus support batallion, Lithuanian units dressed in German uniforms, German Gendarmerie and police and German Gestapo members, perpetrated a series of mass murders in various places in Bezirk Białystok (including its Łomża and Grodno regions). In 07.1943 Germans murdered more than 1,000 people (prob. near 2,000). On 15.07.1943 only in all county seats of Bezirk Bialystok at least 9 local Polish intelligentsia families, including women, children and old were selected and murdered. Among the victims were many priests: in executions in Pilice forest, Wiszownik forest, Kosówka forest, Naumowicze, Jeziorka, etc. Germans murdered at least 15 clerics. (more on: www.swzygmunt.knc.pl [access: 2019.10.13])

Grodno: Prison used both by the Russians (in 1920, 1939‑41 and from 1944) and the Germans (in 1941‑4). Thousands of Poles were jailed there.

Help to the Jews: During II World War on the Polish occupied territories Germans forbid to give any support to the Jews under penalty of death. Hundreds of Polish priests and religious helped the Jews despite this official sanction. Many of them were caught and murdered. (more on: www.naszdziennik.pl [access: 2013.08.31])

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.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2012.11.23], www.bialystok.opoka.org.pl [access: 2013.01.06]
bibliograhical:
„Martyrology of the Polish Roman Catholic clergy under nazi occupation in 1939‑1945”, Victor Jacewicz, John Woś, vol. I‑V, Warsaw Theological Academy, 1977‑1981
„Vilnius archdiocese clergy martyrology 1939‑1945”, Fr Thaddeus Krahel, Białystok, 2017
„Biographical–bibliographical dictionary of Polish Conventual Franciscan Fathers murdered and tragically dead in 1939‑45”, Lukas Janecki, Franciscan Fathers’ Publishing House, Niepokalanów, 2016
original images:
www.sowiniec.com.pl [access: 2014.07.11], www.flickr.com [access: 2014.09.21]

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