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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - c. 1938, source: commons.wikimedia.org, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    c. 1938
    source: commons.wikimedia.org
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles), source: www.gminalancut.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Contemporary image, source: www.salon24.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
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    source: www.salon24.pl
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Contemporary image, source: www.brewiarz.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Contemporary image
    source: www.brewiarz.pl
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Contemporary image, Conventual Franciscan Fathers' monastery, Łódź, source: www2.ofmconv.pcn.net, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Contemporary image, Conventual Franciscan Fathers' monastery, Łódź
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religious status

blessed

surname

PUCHAŁA

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

religious forename(s)

Achilles

  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Fr Charles Stępień and Fr Joseph Puchała reliquiary, Conventual Franciscan Fathers' monastery, Łódź, source: www2.ofmconv.pcn.net, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Fr Charles Stępień and Fr Joseph Puchała reliquiary, Conventual Franciscan Fathers' monastery, Łódź
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Painting, St Francis Stygmata church, Warsaw-New Town, source: own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Painting, St Francis Stygmata church, Warsaw-New Town
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Commemorative plaque, St Francis Stygmata church, Warsaw-New Town, source: own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Commemorative plaque, St Francis Stygmata church, Warsaw-New Town
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    Commemorative plaque, St Francis Stygmata church, Warsaw-New Town
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  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Commemorative plaque, Franciscans' church, Cracow, 5 Franciszkańska str., source: www.sowiniec.com.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Commemorative plaque, Franciscans' church, Cracow, 5 Franciszkańska str.
    source: www.sowiniec.com.pl
    own collection
  • PUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles) - Martyrs of the II World War Monument, St John the Baptist church, Szczecin, source: www.szczecin.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFOPUCHAŁA Joseph (Fr Achilles)
    Martyrs of the II World War Monument, St John the Baptist church, Szczecin
    source: www.szczecin.pl
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beatification date

13.06.1999

John Paul II

function

religious cleric

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

st Anthony of Padua and bl. James Strzemię province OFMConv
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.08.18]

date and place of death

19.07.1943

Borovikovshchina
Minsk reg., Belarus

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of Russian occupation helped and supported Poles deported by the Russians to Russia and Siberia. After German attack on 22.06.1941 of their erstwhile ally, Russians, and start of German occupation, during German Germ. „Operation Hermann” retaliatory action, being the German response to Polish armed resistance (part of Polish Clandestine State activities), during German pacification of the Pierszaje parish village, c. 20 km north of Iwieniec, all inhabitants were arrested. Two priests — Franciscans (Fr. Stępień and Fr. Puchała) were driven out and murdered in a nearby village, c. 9 km north from Iwieniec — prob. being earlier brutally tortured (were to have their eyes gauged out, tongues torn out, noses, ears and hands cut off and finally go bound with a wire), then shot (both into the head, one from the back, the other from front) and finally burnt in a shed. A couple of German were to dress in bloodied Franciscan cassocks and after return to the village blasphemously imitate the rites of the Holy Mass.

cause of death

mass murder

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

18.03.1911

Kosina
Łańcut gm., Łańcut pow., Subcarpathia voiv., Poland

religious vows

29.09.1928 (temporary)
22.05.1932 (permanent)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

05.07.1936

positions held

parish priest of Pierszaje parish (1939‑43), f. vicar of Iwieniec parish (1939), friar of Iwieniec monastery (1939‑43), f. friar at Grodno monastery (1937‑9), f. theology and philosophy student at Franciscan Fathers’ Higher Theological Seminary in Cracow (1932‑7), f.friar at Lviv monastery (1928‑32) — Gymnasium student, novitiate at Łagiewniki monastery n. Łódź (1927‑8), in Order in Lviv monastery from 06.09.1927

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STĘPIEŃ Charles (Fr Herman)

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Operation „Hermann”: On 19.06.1943 a unit of Polish resistance Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State) from Stołpce in Belarus attacked Iwieniec. The town was captured — in history this act is known as „Iwieniec insurgency” — and German garrison defeated. All prisoners were released, among them a dozen or so Jews, including a few physicians. C. 40‑150 Germans and their collaborators were executed. C. 100‑200 functionaries of Belarusian support police, collaborating with Germans, voluntarily joined the partisan unit. After 18 hours partisans left Iwieniec and moved towards nearby Nalibocka Forest. In retaliation Germans immediately murdered c. 150 inhabitants of Iwieniec and organized a wide ranging anti–partisan operation known under its codename „Hermann”. The main aim was elimination of partisan units — Polish and Russian — operating in Nalibocka Forest. It started on 13.07.1943. C. 9,000 Germans and its collaborators — including Russians — participated supported by airplanes, artillery and heavy weaponry. Around the forest Germans set up a strip of „scorched earth”, c. 10‑15 km wide. During operation Germans burnt to ground more than 60 Polish and Belarus villages and murdered c. 4,280 civilians including a few Catholic priests — those regarded as supporting the partisans were executed, hanged, burnt alive. C. 21,000–25,000 civilians were sent to 3rd Reich, i.e. Germany, for slave labour, and thousands — including elderly, women and children — were evicted beyond the blockade strip. Partisans however — both Polish and Russians — managed to break of the encirclement, despite huge losses. One of the towns in the vicinity of the region under operation — c. 20 km from Nalibocka Forest — was Nowogródek. During the operation Germans arrested there c. 120 its inhabitants and regarded as hostages. Local Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth nuns — in Nowogródek since 04.09.1929, providing religious education and instruction to children and youth — stood up in their defense. 11 of them were arrested by the Germans and murdered. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.10.04])

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 — 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: 2019.10.13], www.brewiarz.pl [access: 2019.04.16], www.gminalancut.pl [access: 2019.10.13]
original images:
commons.wikimedia.org [access: 2019.04.16], www.gminalancut.pl [access: 2019.04.16], www.salon24.pl [access: 2019.04.16], www.brewiarz.pl [access: 2019.04.16], www2.ofmconv.pcn.net [access: 2019.04.16], www2.ofmconv.pcn.net [access: 2019.04.16], www.sowiniec.com.pl [access: 2014.07.11], www.szczecin.pl [access: 2014.09.21]

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