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st Sigismund
Roman Catholic parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese
Poland

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    XIX c., feretory
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    XIX c., feretory
    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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  • POEPLAU Leo, source: www.niedziela.diecezja.torun.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPOEPLAU Leo
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surname

POEPLAU

forename(s)

Leo (pl. Leon)

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    Commemorative plaque, military field cathedral, Warsaw
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    Commemorative plaque, military field cathedral, Warsaw
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    Commemorative plaque, Our Lady the Immaculate church, Harmęże
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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
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Culm (Chełmno) diocese
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2012.11.23]
Warsaw archdiocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]
Military Ordinariate of Poland
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.12.20]

date and place of death

28.08.1940

KL Auschwitz
Oświęcim, Oświęcim gm., Oświęcim pow., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland

details of death

In 09.1939, during German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and after start of the II World War, chaplain–volunteer to the Independent Operational Group „Polesie” of the Polish Army led by gen. Francis Kleeberg. After Polish capitulation jailed in German POW camp in Radom. Soon released. On c. 20‑5.10.1939 founder and first leader of the underground „Sword and Plow” organization (part of Polish Clandestine State) —nom‑de‑guerre „Wolan”, „Wolanin”. Co‑organiser of clandestine Confederation of Polish Independence Organizations. Arrested on 03.07.1940 by the Germans in Warsaw. Jailed in Pawiak prison in Warsaw. Refused to sign the Deutsche Volksliste — German nation accession application. On 14.08.1940 transported to KL Auschwitz concentration camp where soon murdered: refused to repeat the words of a blasphemous song, beaten up with a whip, rubber batons, kicked with hobnailed boots.

cause of death

murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

14.06.1910

Rolbik
Chojnice pow., Pomerania voiv., Poland

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

17.12.1932 (Pelpin cathedral)

positions held

1939–1940 — priest {parish: Warsaw–Śródmieście, Holy Savior; dean.: Warsaw–capital}
1935–1939 — student {Warsaw, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, [University of Warsaw /from 1945/, University — clandestine, underground /1939‑45/, Joseph Piłsudski University /1935‑39/, University of Warsaw /1915‑35/, Imperial University of Warsaw /1870–1915/]}
from 1935 — vicar {church: Pelplin, cathedral Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary}
1933–1935 — vicar {parish: Gdynia–Oksywie, St Michael the Archangel; dean.: Gdynia}
1933 — vicar {parish: Golub, St Catherine of Alexandria the Virgin and Martyr; dean.: Golub}
till 1932 — student {Pelplin, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Auschwitz: German KL Auschwitz concentration camp (Germ. Konzentrationslager) and death camp (Germ. Vernichtungslager) camp was set up by Germans around 27.01.1940 n. Oświęcim, on the German territory (initially in Germ. Provinz Schlesien — Silesia Province; and from 1941 Germ. Provinz Oberschlesien — Upper Silesia Province). Initially mainly Poles were interned. From 1942 it became the centre for holocaust of European Jews. Part of the KL Auschwitz concentration camps’ complex was death camp (Germ. Vernichtungslager) KL Auschwitz II Birkenau, located not far away from the main camp. There Germans murder possibly in excess of million people, mainly Jews, in gas chambers. Altogether In excess of 400 priests and religious went through the KL Auschwitz, approx. 40% of which were murdered (mainly Poles). (more on: en.auschwitz.org.pl [access: 2012.11.23], www.meczennicy.pelplin.pl [access: 2013.07.06])

Pawiak: Investigative prison in Warsaw. Largest German prison in German‑led General Governorate. 100,000 prisoners went through it in the years 1939‑44, approx. 37,000 of which were murdered by the Germans in executions, during interrogations, in the cells or in the prison “hospital”. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.10])

General Governorate: A separate administrative territorial region set up by the Germans in 1939 after defeat of Poland, which included German‑occupied part of Polish territory that was not directly incorporate into German state. It was run by the Germans till 1945 and final Russian offensive, and was a part of so–called Big Germany — Grossdeutschland. Till 31.07.1940 formally known as Germ. Generalgouvernement für die besetzten polnischen Gebiete (Eng. General Governorate for occupied Polish territories) — later as simply niem. Generalgouvernement (Eng. General Governorate). From 07.1941 expanded to include district Galicia. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.12.04])

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 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 — 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.org [access: 2015.09.30])

sources

personal:
pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2012.12.28], www.harmeze.franciszkanie.pl [access: 2012.12.28]
original images:
www.niedziela.diecezja.torun.pl [access: 2013.01.13], slideplayer.pl [access: 2018.02.15], www.katedrapolowa.pl [access: 2014.01.16], www.harmeze.franciszkanie.pl [access: 2014.03.21]

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