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Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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surname

KOLFENBACH

forename(s)

Józef

forename(s)
versions/aliases

Josef

function

religious cleric

creed

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

congregation

Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists - CSsR)more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Wrocław Vice-Province CSsR
Warmia diocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2018.09.02]

nationality

German

date and place of death

31.03.1945

UkhtIzhemLag labour campGULAG slave labour camp network
today: Izhemsky reg., Komi rep., Russia

details of death

After fall of Radostowo during Russian offensive of 1944‑5 — at the end of the World War II started in 09.1939 by German and Russian invasion of Poland and continued after German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians — invited at the end of 02.1945 by the Russians to visit local military command centre.

There arrested on the spot and taken to Lidzbark Warmiński.

There held for 10 days in a low–ceiling cellar, unable to stand for his height upright.

From there taken to Bartoszyce and next to a transit camp in Wystruć.

Beaten.

Contracted diarrhea.

On 06.03.1945 put a train and sent eastwards, to Russia — without even a blanket, in a freight car, together with 46 prisoners, men and women.

On 27.03.1945 — through Moscow — the train reached its destination: camp no 225 (3rd colony) in Izhma district of Komi republic (c. 2,000 km northeast from Moscow, c. 1,200 km east from Arkhangelsk) — some of the prisoners perished in transport.

In the camp where c. 300 inmates were held death rate stood at 10 prisoners daily — altogether 75% of those held captive died there.

Himself perished as well.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Russians

date and place of birth

02.01.1905

Bad Honneftoday: Rhein–Sieg dist., Köln reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]

religious vows

06.04.1924 (temporary)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

06.04.1929 (Geistingentoday: district of Hennef (Sieg), Rhein–Sieg–Kreis dist., Köln reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
de.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]
)

positions held

1941 – 1945

administrator {parish: Radostowotoday: Jeziorany gm., Olsztyn pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.01.28]
, St George}

administrator {parish: Dywitytoday: Dywity gm., Olsztyn pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.04.12]
, St Simon and St Judas Thaddaeus the Apostles}

from 1935

friar {Braniewotoday: Braniewo urban gm., Braniewo pow., Warmia–Masuria voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.02.14]
, St Clement Maria Hofbauer monastery, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer CSsR, i.e. Redemptorists}

1930 – 1935

friar {Głogówtoday: Głogów gm., Głogów pow., Lower Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2010.08.11]
, St Clement Maria Hofbauer monastery, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer CSsR, i.e. Redemptorists}

till 1929

student {Geistingentoday: district of Hennef (Sieg), Rhein–Sieg–Kreis dist., Köln reg., North Rhine–Westphalia state, Germany
more on
de.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.08.05]
, Higher Theologica Seminary, i.e. Studentate, monastery, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer CSsR, i.e. Redemptorists}

till 06.04.1924

novitiate {Luxembourg Citytoday: Luxembourg can., Luxembourg dist., Luxemburg
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2022.07.16]
, Congregation's house, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer CSsR, i.e. Redemptorists}

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

UkhtIzhemLag: Russian complex of concentration camps (Uktha–Izhma ITL, part of Gulag penal system) founded on 10.05.1938 as a result of the split of UkhtPechLag concentration camp complex with HQ in Chibyu (Ukhta) in Izhma river region, in Komi republic. Divided into a number of separate concentration subcamps. At peak in excess of 30,000 prisoners slaved at mines and processing plants (in oil and other materials). The number started to go down in c. 1953, the year of Joseph Stalin, Russian genocidal leader’s death, and in 1955, when UkhtIzhemLag was incorporated into another complex of Russian concentration camps, PechorLag, reached c. 6,000 inmates. Many Poles brought in 1939 after Russian invasion of Poland, Germans (including German women from Volga region) and nationals of Baltic countries (mainly after 1944) were held there. (more on: www.gulagmuseum.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

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: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.05.09]
)

Wystruć: Russian transit camp set up in 1945 for German population of East Prussia — one of concentration centers of defeated Germans marked for slave work in Russia. In Wystruć (now: Chernyakhovsk) and in nearby Jurbork c. 60,000 people were held: men, women, girls and old. All were transported — in rail transfers lasting 4‑7 weeks, without hot food, proper sanitation — to Russians slave labour camps. Many perished before reaching destination… (more on: bazhum.muzhp.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.02]
)

Deportation of Germans to Russia in 1945: On 06.02.19454 Russian State Defence Committee issued an order to intern all Germans, mainly men, able to work from the German territories captured by Russian army and transport them into Russia — to slave labour camps in Donbas region in Ukraine, to industrial centers in Ural mountains, to Russian occupied Belarus, etc. — in order to rebuild destroyed by the war Russia. It was planned to use c. 500,000 Germans, 17‑50 years old, although in practice much older were also arrested. From Upper Silesia only c. 90,000 Germans and Poles were deported 20% of which returned after many years. Among the victims were members of Polish clandestine Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State) fighting with Germans. Tens of thousands were deported from Warmia and Mazurian regions. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.11.18]
)

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
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

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