St Sigismund parish
85 Wiślana Str.
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland
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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland
XX century (1914 – 1989)
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Francis (pl. Franciszek)
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Society of St Francis de Sales (Salesian Society, - SDB)more on
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st Stanislaus Kostka Warsaw Inspectorate SDB
date and place of death
Losovatoday: Losova rai., Kharkiv obl., Ukraine
alt. dates and places of death
n. Kharkibtoday: Kharkiv obl., Ukraine
details of death
After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, arrested by the Germans on 30‑31.11.1939 in Marszałki, among 6 priests, 6 students and 2 friars–coadjutors — as a result of closure till 1941 of all „religious institutions and associations” on the occupied territories incorporated directly into Germany — including so‑called Warthegau, encompassing Greater Poland where Marszałki monastery was located and German East Prussia province that Czerwińsk became part of.
Taken to Kępno and there held captive in „Falcon Halls”.
Prob. enticed to sign a list of German nationality, i.e. Volksdeutsh list — unsuccessfully.
Released on 22.12.1939.
Returned to his family home and joined Pogrzebień monastery.
There on 31.10.1940 forcibly drafted into the German army.
Initially sent to Ogenbargen in East Frisia in Lower Saxony.
Perished however on the Eastern front after German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians (Barbarossa operation), during battles n. Kharkiv.
cause of death
date and place of birth
Szopienicetoday: part of Szopienice–Burowa district in Katowice, Katowice city pow., Silesia voiv., Poland
others related in death
GOJClick to display biography Stephen, PROCEKClick to display biography Louis, WYPLERClick to display biography Anthony, ZIMMERMANNClick to display biography Joseph, HILTAWSKIClick to display biography Alfred, KISIELClick to display biography Paul, MOCHAClick to display biography Henry
camps (+ prisoner no)
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 webpageaccess: 2015.09.30)
bws.sdb.org.plClick to attempt to display webpageaccess: 2019.05.30
bibliograhical:, „A martyrology of Polish clergy under German occupation, 1939‑45”, Fr Szołdrski Vladislaus CSSR, Rome 1965, „Salesian Society in Poland under occupation 1939‑1945”, Fr John Pietrzykowski SDB, Institute of National Remembrance IPN, Warsaw, 2015
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