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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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religious status

Servant of God

surname

RADTKE

forename(s)

Steven Boleslaus (pl. Stefan Bolesław)

forename(s)
versions/aliases

Stephen (pl. Szczepan)

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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]

date and place of birth

02.03.1890

Dębogórze (Puck county)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

14.06.1924 (St Barbara Theological Seminary chapel in Pelplin)

positions held

parish priest of Rożental parish (1938‑9), f. curatus at Gdynia – Mały Kack church (1932‑8) — branch of Gdynia parish, f. vicar of Nowa Cerkiew (till 1932), Łebcz (1931‑2), Cekcyn (1930), Papowo Biskupie (1927‑30), Zwiniarz, Osie parishes, f. administrator and vicar of Miłobądz parish, f. vicar of Chełmża parish, f. theology and philosophy student at Theological Seminary in Pelplin (till 1924)

date and place of death

29.10.1940

KL Sachsenhausen

cause of death

extermination: exhaustion and starvation

details of death

During I World War drafted into German army as a nurse in military hospital in Gdynia. Awarded German Iron Cross 2nd class. In 1916 taken POW by French at the front near Somma river and released in 03.1920. After German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (Russians invaded Poland 17 days later) arrested by the Germans early on 05.09.1939. Held consecutively in jails and prisons in Olsztynek, Nowym Miasto, Brodnica and Rypin prisons. Next on 03.11.1939 taken to Obory transit camp. From there transported to Grudziądz prison and on 04.03.1940 (according to other sources on 22.02.1940) to KL Stutthof concentration camp. Finally on 09‑10.04.1940 taken to KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp where perished.

alt. details of death

According to other sources arrested on 14.11.1939 and initially jailed in Lubawa prison.

perpetrators

Germans

others related in death

ADAMCZYK Stanislaus, BRZĄKAŁA Victor, BURCZYK Felix, BYTOF Peter, CHARSZEWSKI Ignatius, CHYLARECKI Stanislaus, CIEMNIAK Louis, CYBULSKI Stanislaus, CZAKI Saturnin, CZAPIEWSKI Joseph Leonard, DEMSKI Vladislav, DOERING Alexander, FIGAT Henry, GOŃCZ Bernard, GORAL Vladislav, GRZEBIELEWSKI Joseph, GUZ Joseph Adalbert (Fr Innocent), HEVELKE John, HINZ Francis, HINZ Thaddeus, JARZĘBSKI Stanislaus, JORDAN Boleslaus, KALINOWSKI Theodore, KARAMUCKI Edmund Vladislav, KARCZYŃSKI Cyril Methodius, KAŹMIERCZAK Bronislaus, KLEIN John, KOMPF January, KONKOLEWSKI Joachim, KOWNACKI Bronislaus, KOZUBEK Roman, KRAUZE Edmund, KRUPIŃSKI Louis, KUBIAK John (Bro. Norbert Mary), KUBICKI Steven, KUBISTA Stanislaus, KUPILAS Francis, LAPIS Casimir, LENART John, LICZNERSKI Constantine, ŁOSIŃSKI Bernard Anthony, MACIĄTEK Stanislaus Peter, MARCHLEWSKI Leonard, MATUSZEWSKI Francis, MĄKOWSKI John, MĘŻNICKI Joseph, MICHNOWSKI Marian John, MITRĘGA Francis, MORKOWSKI Edmund, MOŚCICKI Joseph, NAGÓRSKI Paul Adalbert, NITSCHMANN Adam Robert, NOWAŃSKI Anthony, NOWICKI Alexander, OCHOŃSKI Charles (Fr Chris), OKOŁO-KUŁAK Anthony, PALUCHOWSKI Boleslaus, PETRYKOWSKI Steven, PIASZCZYŃSKI Michael, PODLASZEWSKI Francis, POMIANOWSKI Vladislav, SĄSAŁA Theodore, SKOBLEWSKI Mieczyslav, SKOWRON Casimir, SOCHACZEWSKI Bronislaus Peter, SWINARSKI-PORAJ Nicholas, SYNOWIEC Boleslaus, SZUKALSKI John, SZYMAŃSKI Bruno, ŚLEDZIŃSKI Joseph, TUSZYŃSKI Joseph, TYMIŃSKI Anthony, WAWRZYNOWICZ John, WĄSOWICZ Sigismund, WIERZBICKI Sigismund Lawrence, WIERZCHOWSKI Fabian Sebastian, WILLIMSKY Albert, WŁODARCZYK Ignatius, WOHLFEIL Robert, WRÓBLEWSKI Bronislaus, ZAWISZA Valentine, ZIELIŃSKI Paul, ZIEMSKI Alexander, ZIENKOWSKI Vaclav, ŻUCHOWSKI Vaclav

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Sachsenhausen (prisoner no: 21108): In KL Sachsenhausen concentration camp, set up in the former olympic village from 1936, hundreds of Polish priests were held in 1940, before being transported to KL Dachau. Some of them perished in KL Sachsenhausen. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.11.18])

KL Stutthof: In KL Stutthof (then in Eastern Prussian belonging to Germany, today: Sztutowo village) concentration camp, that Germans started to build on 02.09.1939, a day after German invasion of Poland and start of the II World War, Germans held c. 100‑127 thousands prisoners from 28 countries, including 47 thousands women and children. C. 65,000 victims were murdered and exterminated. In the period of 25.01–27.04.1945 in the face of approaching Russian army Germans evacuated the camp. When on 09.05.1945 Russians soldiers entered the camp only 100 prisoners were still there. In an initial period (1939‑40) Polish Catholic priests from Pomerania were held captive there before being transported to KL Dachau concentration camp. Some of them were murdered in KL Stutthof or vicinity (for instance in Stegna forest). Also later some Catholic priests were held in KL Stutthof. (more on: stutthof.org [access: 2018.11.18], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.07.06])

Grudziądz: As part of „Intelligenzaktion” — physical extermination of Polish intelligentsia from Pomerania — Germans initially in 1939 jailed Poles is investigative prison in Grudziądz. After it became too small they set‑up a transit camp in a so‑callled Borderlands Hostel building at Chopin Str. where they jailed from 4,000 to 5,000 Poles, including c. 150 local priests. Most of them were subsequently murdered in local forests (Księże Góry, Mniszek‑Grupa), some were taken to concentration camps. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.01.13])

Obory: From 30.10.1939 till 22.02.1940 in a Carmelite fathers’ convent Germans held up to 100 Polish priest from Płock and Chełmno dioceses prior to sending them to concentration camp. Most of them perished there. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.17], www.obory.com.pl [access: 2012.12.28])

Rypin: Prison for Poles run by Germans in 1939 known as „Torture House”. As a part of „Intelligenzaktion” — aimed at extermination of Polish intelligentsia and ruling classes in Pomerania — Germans jailed there and tortured up to 1,100 victims. They were subsequently murdered either in the prison itself of in mass murder locations in Skrwileńskie and Rusinowskie forests. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.17])

Intelligenzaktion: (Eng. „Action Intelligentsia”) — also Germ. Unternehmen „Tannenberg” (Eng. „Tannenberg operation”). 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 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: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.17], en.wikipedia.org [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 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:
pelplin.diecezja.org [access: 2012.11.23], meczennicy.pelplin.pl [access: 2013.05.19], pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.09.30], www.hagiographycircle.com [access: 2012.11.23], www.rgkosakowo.pl [access: 2013.06.23], diecezja-torun.pl [access: 2013.10.05]
bibliograhical:
„Lubawa County Biographical Lexicon 1244‑2000”, George Szews, 2000
original images:
www.rgkosakowo.pl [access: 2013.06.23], www.youtube.com [access: 2015.09.30], docplayer.pl [access: 2018.02.15], www.chrystuskrolkack.pl [access: 2018.11.18], www.youtube.com [access: 2015.09.30]

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