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  • MOTYLEWSKI Francis; source: from Mr Andrew Gostomski’s archives; thanks to Ms Francis Hirsz's kindness (private correspondence, 09—10.2019), own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOMOTYLEWSKI Francis
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surname

MOTYLEWSKI

forename(s)

Francis (pl. Franciszek)

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    Commemorative plaque, porch, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven cathedral, Pelplin
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function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
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[access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Culm (Chełmno) diocesemore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2012.11.23]

date and place
of death

18.11.1939

Skarszewytoday: Skarszewy gm., Starogard Gdański pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.07.29]

alt. dates and places
of death

19.10.1939, 25.10.1939, 23.11.1939

Kaliski foresttoday: Kartuzy gm., Kartuzy pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II, after start of German occupation, the Germans on 27.09.1939 destroyed and closed the church in Szymbark and took over (looted) the rectory. Moved then to Grabowo Kościerskie, to the rectory where Fr Valerian Kinka resided.

There arrested by the Germans on 10.10.1939 (Fr Kinka was arrested earlier).

Transported to Kościerzyna (c. 11 km from Grabowo).

The next day transported to Skarszewy, where was imprisoned for about a week.

From there taken to the execution site in the nearby forests and murdered.

alt. details of death

According to other sources held in Kartuzy prison (c. 19 km from Grabowo).

From there taken to the execution site and murdered together with 7 other priests.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

17.02.1899

Nowa Wieś Królewskatoday: Płużnica gm., Wąbrzeźno pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

14.06.1924 (St Barbara Theological Seminary chapel in Pelplin)

positions held

1935 – 1939

curatus/rector/expositus — Szymbarktoday: Stężyca gm., Kartuzy pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.02.24]
⋄ St Therese of the Child Jesus RC church ⋄ Kościerzynatoday: Kościerzyna urban gm., Kościerzyna pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.08.20]
, Holy Trinity RC parish ⋄ Kościerzynatoday: Kościerzyna urban gm., Kościerzyna pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.08.20]
RC deanery

1932 – 1935

vicar — Gniewtoday: Gniew gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.07.29]
⋄ St Nicholas the Bishop and Martyr RC parish ⋄ Gniewtoday: Gniew gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.07.29]
RC deanery

1930 – 1931

vicar — Toruńtoday: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.20]
⋄ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Toruńtoday: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.20]
RC deanery

1928 – 1930

vicar — ToruńMokre district
today: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland

more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.20]
⋄ Christ the King RC church ⋄ Toruńtoday: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.20]
, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Toruńtoday: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.20]
RC deanery

1925 – 1928

vicar — Toruńtoday: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.20]
⋄ St James the Apostle RC parish ⋄ Toruńtoday: Toruń city pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.06.20]
RC deanery

1925

vicar — Nowa Cerkiewtoday: Morzeszczyn gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.09.02]
⋄ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Peter and St Paul the Apostles RC parish ⋄ Gniewtoday: Gniew gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.07.29]
RC deanery

1924 – 1925

vicar — Radzyń Chełmińskitoday: Radzyń Chełmiński gm., Grudziądz pov., Kuyavia–Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.09.02]
⋄ St Anne RC parish

1920 – 1924

student — Pelplintoday: Pelplin gm., Tczew pov., Pomerania voiv., Poland
more on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.05.06]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

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ARASMUSClick to display biography Anthony, BORKClick to display biography Francis Anthony, FROSTClick to display biography Silvester Francis, GBUREKClick to display biography Alex Francis, GOŁOMSKIClick to display biography Bernard, KLONOWSKIClick to display biography Felix, KRZEWIŃSKIClick to display biography Maximilian, KUCAClick to display biography Vaclav, ROSIAKClick to display biography Louis, SZUTAClick to display biography Bernard, ZAPAŁOWSKIClick to display biography Thaddeus Marian, KINKAClick to display biography Valerian

murder sites
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Skarszewy: In the forests around Skarszewy (in Mestwinowo forest, among others) in 10‑11.1939 Germans — prob. Einsatzkommando EK 16 unit — murdered at least 400 Poles from Skarszewy region, in mass executions — as a part of «Intelligenzaktion» directed against Polish leading activists in occupied territories. Members of the German genocidal organization Volksdeutscher Selbstschutz (Eng. Self–defence) and SS and German police officers also took part in the executions. Wehrmacht soldiers sometimes secured places of execution. In the winter of 1944, when the triumphant Russians were approaching Pomerania, the Germans dug up and burned the bodies buried in some mass graves. Only c. 340 bodies of victims of German terror were exhumed. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2021.12.19]
)

Kaliski forest: In Kartuzy forests — Kaliska forests are part of them — during the extermination of Polish intelligentsia in Pomeranian voivodship, called «Intelligenzaktion» — from 09.1939 till 11.1939 Germans murdered approx. 200 inhabitants of Kartuzy and surrounding villages, including 11 Catholic priests. Some of the victims were tortured and finished off with blows of gun butts and shovels. Most of the bodies were dug up and burned by the Germans at the end of the war, in 1944/1945, due to the approach of the German–Russian front. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
)

Kartuzy: Detention centre run by Germans. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2012.11.23]
)

«Intelligenzaktion»: (Eng. „Action Intelligentsia”) — extermination program of Polish elites, mainly intelligentsia, executed by the Germans right from the start of the occupation in 09.1939 till around 05.1940, mainly on the lands directly incorporated into Germany but also in the so‑called General Governorate where it was called «AB‑aktion». During the first phase right after start of German occupation of Poland implemented as Germ. Unternehmen „Tannenberg” (Eng. „Tannenberg operation”) — plan based on proscription lists of Poles worked out by (Germ. Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen), regarded by Germans as specially dangerous to the German Reich. List contained names of c. 61,000 Poles. Altogether during this genocide Germans methodically murdered c. 50,000 teachers, priests, landowners, social and political activists and retired military. Further 50,000 were sent to concentration camps where most of them perished. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.10.04]
)

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 World War II 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]
)

Pius XI's encyclicals: Facing the creation of two totalitarian systems in Europe, which seemed to compete with each other, though there were more similarities than contradictions between them, Pope Pius XI issued in 03.1937 (within 5 days) two encyclicals. In the „Mit brennender Sorge” (Eng. „With Burning Concern”) published on 14.03.1938, condemned the national socialism prevailing in Germany. The Pope wrote: „Whoever, following the old Germanic–pre–Christian beliefs, puts various impersonal fate in the place of a personal God, denies the wisdom of God and Providence […], whoever exalts earthly values: race or nation, or state, or state system, representatives of state power or other fundamental values of human society, […] and makes them the highest standard of all values, including religious ones, and idolizes them, this one […] is far from true faith in God and from a worldview corresponding to such faith”. On 19.03.1937, published „Divini Redemptoris” (Eng. „Divine Redeemer”), in which criticized Russian communism, dialectical materialism and the class struggle theory. The Pope wrote: „Communism deprives man of freedom, and therefore the spiritual basis of all life norms. It deprives the human person of all his dignity and any moral support with which he could resist the onslaught of blind passions […] This is the new gospel that Bolshevik and godless communism preaches as a message of salvation and redemption of humanity”… Pius XI demanded that the established human law be subjected to the natural law of God , recommended the implementation of the ideal of a Christian state and society, and called on Catholics to resist. Two years later, National Socialist Germany and Communist Russia came together and started World War II. (more on: www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
, www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2023.05.28]
)

sources

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[access: 2013.01.18]
, naszaprzeszlosc.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2018.09.23]
, www.kpbc.ukw.edu.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.10.04]

bibliographical:
Mr Francis Hirsz, private correspondence, 09‑10.2019
Biographical dictionary of priests ordained in the years 1921‑1945 working in the Chełmno diocese”, Fr Anastasius Nadolny, prof., Bernardinum publishing house 2021
original images:
zbiory.mhf.krakow.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2015.09.30]
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