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  • KOTARSKI Henry Adalbert (Cl. Veslav); source: Lukas Janecki, „Biographical-bibliographical dictionary of Polish Conventual Franciscan Fathers murdered and tragically dead in 1939—45”, Franciscan Fathers’ Publishing House, Niepokalanów, 2016, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOKOTARSKI Henry Adalbert (Cl. Veslav)
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surname

KOTARSKI

surname
versions/aliases

KOTOWSKI

forename(s)

Henry Adalbert (pl. Henryk Wojciech)

religious forename(s)

Veslav (pl. Wiesław)

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function

religious seminarian

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]

date and place of birth

14.03.1921

Waganiec (Aleksandrów Kujawski county)

religious vows

29.08.1939 (last)

positions held

friar of Lviv monastery (1939‑40), theology and philosophy student at theological seminary in Lviv (1939‑40), f. friar of Niepokalanów monastery (1937‑9), novitiate in Niepokalanów monastery (28.08.1938‑29.08.1939), in Order from 1937

date and place of death

19.09.1944

Warsaw

cause of death

warfare

details of death

On 30.08.1938 left Niepokalanów monastery and went east to start theological–philosophical studies in Lviv. There, after German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of Russian occupation, arrested on 04.07.1940 by the Russians — together with two seminarians, Zbigniew Królikowski and Joseph Gruza and deported east to Russia (according to other sources sentence to 10 years in Russian slave labour concentration camps Gulag). Transported to Arkhangels vicinity (north Russia). There slaved at forest clearance and next at haymaking in the surrounding wetlands. After German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally Russians, managed to reach — with his two aforementioned compatriots — newly forming Polish army in Russia under Gen. Anders, in Buzuluk. There urged by Russians to continue studies in Moscow (during deportation managed to master Russian language). On the Easter of 1942 arrested by the Russian in Polish camp and driven in unknown direction. Later, after Gen. Anders army left Russia, found himself in 3rd Pomeranian Infantry Division formed under Polish Commie–Nazis in Sielce on Oka River — in 8th Bydgoszcz Infantry Regiment. With it reached — serving in senior sergeant rank — Polish territory. According to some sources took part in battles of Warsaw Uprising — during attempts to cross Vistula river by the Polish units fighting alongside Russians standing on the right bank of the river. Perished (or got lost) during an attempt to create a crossing between Średnicowy and Poniatowski bridge in Warsaw. Altogether c. 740 Polish soliders were killed, got wounded or were taken POW in that aborted mission.

alt. dates and places of death

(n. Nieszawa)

alt. details of death

According to other sources perished lated, during Russina winter of 1945 offensive against Germans, nearby his home town.

perpetrators

Germans

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Warsaw Uprising: Lasted from 01.08.1944 till 03.10.1944. Was an attempt to liberate Polish capital from occupying Germans by the Polish Clandestine State — a unique in the history of the world political structure on the territories occupied by the Germans, effectively governing clandestinely in Poland — and by fighting on its behalf underground military units, mainly of Home Army (former Armed Struggle Association ZWZ) and National Armed Forced (NSZ). At the same time Russians stopped on purpose the offensive on all front, halted on the other bank of Vistula river and watched calmly the annihilation of the city, refusing even the mid–landing rights to the Allied planes carrying weapons and supplies to the insurgents from Italy. During the Uprising Germans murdered approx. 200,000 Poles, mainly civilians. Approx. 200 priests and nuns died in fighting or were murdered by the Germans, many in mass executions. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.17])

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])

Deportations to Siberia: In 1939‑41 Russians deported — in four large groups in: 10.02.1940, 13‑14.04.1940, 05‑07.1940, 05‑06.1941 — up to 1 mln of Polish citizens from Russian occupied Poland to Siberia leaving them without any support at the place of exile. Thousands of them perished or never returned. The deportations east, deep into Russia, to Siberia resumed after 1944 when Russians took over Poland. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.09.21])

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:
cracovia-leopolis.pl [access: 2013.01.06], www.zakonfranciszkanow.pl [access: 2014.08.18], www.straty.pl [access: 2019.04.16], www.teresin.pl [access: 2015.04.18]
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
„Register of Latin rite Lviv metropolis clergy’s losses in 1939‑45”, Józef Krętosz, Maria Pawłowiczowa, editors, Opole, 2005
„Biographical lexicon of Lviv Roman Catholic Metropoly clergy victims of the II World War 1939‑1945”, Mary Pawłowiczowa (ed.), Fr Joseph Krętosz (ed.), Holy Cross Publishing, Opole, 2007
„Biographical–bibliographical dictionary of Polish Conventual Franciscan Fathers murdered and tragically dead in 1939‑45”, Lukas Janecki, Franciscan Fathers’ Publishing House, Niepokalanów, 2016

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