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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Sigismund John (pl. Zygmunt Jan)
Latin (Roman Catholic) Churchmore on
Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Holy Ghost Fathers - CSSp)more on
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Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
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date and place of death
Lubińtoday: Krzywiń gm., Kościan pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
details of death
At the end of World War I volunteered in 01.1918 Polish army formed in Niagara on the Lake in Canada as chaplain.
In 08.1918 troops landed in France.
Took post of the dean of Gen.
Joseph Haller's army.
Took part in last battles on the western front and next in Polish–Ukrainian war (05‑06.1919).
Joseph Haller's army — within 11th Infantry Division and 4th Sappers' Regiment — took part in battles of Pomeranian Front with Germans for Polish Pomerania (10.1919–03.1920).
On 25.03.1920 transferred with his unit to Belarus by Dzisna river, near the Latvian border.
During Russian invasion in 1920 (part of Polish–Russian war of 1919‑21), withdrew with his troops from Hlubokoye to Małkinia.
On 01.07.1920 transferred to Gen.
Rozwadowski Group, as the dean of 3rd Army of Polish Armed Forces.
During the victorious Battle of Warsae (known as Vistula miracle) when Poles defeated the Russians served in a field hospital in Lublin.
Demobilised on 20.12.1920 in deputy colonel rank.
After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, arrested and interned by the Germans on 02.11.1939 in Puszczykowo.
Next in the spring of 1940 transferred to Ląd transit camp and next to Chludowo transit camp.
According to some source also held in Goruszki transit camp.
Finally at the end of 1940 transported to Lubiń transit camp where perished.
cause of death
date and place of birth
Książ Wielkopolskitoday: Książ Wielkopolski gm., Śrem pow., Greater Poland voiv., Poland
presbyter (holy orders)/
28.10.1892 (Orlytoday: Val–de–Marne dep., Île–de–France reg., France)
camps (+ prisoner no)
Lubiń: At the Benedictine abbey in Lubiń near Kościan, at the beginning of 1940, the Germans organized an temporary internment camp for priests and monks from Greater Poland. E.g. in 04.1941 Franciscan friars from Goruszki monastery were brought in. In total, 104 clergymen were held in the monastery. On 06.10.1941, as part of the third great operation of arrests of the Polish clergy of Greater Poland — more precisely, from the Germ. Reichsgau Wartheland province (Eng. Warta Country District), established in the German–occupied Greater Poland — all interned priests were transported to the KL Dachau concentration camp. Religious brothers were allowed to return to their family homes. The monastery was turned into an old people's home, and later as a training center for national–socialist German youth, Hitler–Jugend. Rich library collections and other goods were plundered. The Benedictines returned to the monastery on 25.01.1945, after the German defeat. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Goruszki: The Goruszki Franciscan monastery in Miejska Górka from 15.02.1940 became a place of internment for priests from neighboring counties — before sending them to German concentration camps. On 01.04.1941, the Germans took over the monastery, transporting all the internees to the camp in Lubin. They turned the monastery buildings into a prison (a branch of the prison in Rawicz). It became the place of execution of hundreds of Poles — there are 453 graves of the murdered in the monastery cemetery. The prison functioned until 1945 and the fall of Germany. (more on: www.franciszkanie-goruszki.plClick to attempt to display webpage
Chludowo: In the Divine Word Missionary (SVD) congregation house, in 1940, Germans set up a transit camp for religious and priests from the nearby counties. (more on: pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Ląd: In 1940‑41, in a formerly cistercian priory and monastery (today Salesian Institute) in Ląd on Warta river Germans set‑up a transit camp for Polish priests and religious, from Włocławek, Gniezno, Warszawa, Poznań, Płock and Częstochowa dioceses and religious and monks from a number of congregations. Approx. 152 religious (70 till 03.04.1941 and 82 in 6‑28.10.1941) were held there prior to being sent to KL Dachau concentration camp. (more on: yadda.icm.edu.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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
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 webpage
Polish-Ukrainian war of 1918—9: One of the wars for borders of the newly reborn Poland. At the end of 1918 on the former Austro–Hungarian empire’s territory, based on the Ukrainian military units of the former Austro–Hungarian army, Ukrainians waged war against Poland. In particular attempted to create foundation of an independent state and attacked Lviv. Thanks to heroic stance of Lviv inhabitants, in particular young generation of Poles — called since then Lviv eaglets — the city was recaptured by Poles and for a number of months successfully defended against furious Ukrainian attacks. In 1919 Poland — its newly created army — pushed Ukrainian forces far to the east and south, regaining control over its territory. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
Polish-Russian war of 1919—21: War for independence of Poland and its borders. Poland regained independence in 1918 but had to fight for its borders with former imperial powers, in particular Russia. Russia planned to incite Bolshevik–like revolutions in the Western Europe and thus invaded Poland. Russian invaders were defeated in 08.1920 in a battle called Warsaw battle („Vistula river miracle”, one of the 10 most important battles in history, according to some historians). Thanks to this victory Poland recaptured part of the lands lost during partitions of Poland in XVIII century, and Europe was saved from the genocidal Communism. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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