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    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
    source: own collection

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

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    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
    source: own collection
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    XIX c., feretory
    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
    source: own collection
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    XIX c., feretory
    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
    source: own collection
  • st SIGISMUND: XIX c., feretory, st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland; source: own collectionst SIGISMUND
    XIX c., feretory
    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
    source: own collection
  • st SIGISMUND: XIX c., feretory, st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland; source: own collectionst SIGISMUND
    XIX c., feretory
    st Sigismund parish church, Słomczyn, Poland
    source: own collection

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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Henry (pl. Henryk)

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    Commemorative plaque, St John the Baptist and St John Evangelist archcathedral, Lublin
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    own collection


diocesan priest


Latin (Roman Catholic) Church
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Lublin diocese
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Theology

date and place of death


KL Buchenwald
n. Weimar, Weimar city dist., Thuringia, Germany

details of death

In 1937 expelled from the gymnasium in Chełm, where served as a prefect — accused of warning „in religion lessons about the Masonic danger”, recommending the purchase of books in Catholic bookstores, a critical attitude towards the coeducational system (according to sources, there were were Jewish teachers in the gymnasium, who apparently openly taught against the Catholic religion, spread communist, godless, pornographic views). After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, for the first time arrested by the Germans on 15.12.1939. Jailed in Castle prison in Lublin. Released on 13.03.1940. Took part in clandestine educational network (part of Polish Clandestine State) — after Germans closed down most of the secondary schools and universities. Arrested again by the Germans on 12.11.1942. Jailed in Castle prison again. Next held in KL Plaszow concentration camp in Kraków. From there on 03.10.1943 transported to KL Auschwitz concentration camp. From there in 1943 moved to KL Buchenwald concentration camp where perished.

cause of death




date and place of birth


Zamość gm., Zamość pow., Lublin voiv., Poland

alt. dates and places of birth

11.01.1904, 13.01.1904

presbyter (holy orders)/


positions held

1940–1942 — rector {church: Lublin, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Victorious; dean.: Lublin}
1939 — councillor {Lublin}
1937–c. 1939 — prefect {Lublin, A. J. Wetters' Merchant Junior High School and Commercial High School}
moderator {Sodality for Men; dioc.: Lublin}
1935–1937 — prefect {Chełm, Stephen Czarniecki's State Junior High and High School}
1934–1935 — vicar {parish: Lublin, St Paul; dean.: Lublin}
1933–1934 — PhD student {Vienna, theology}
c. 1932 — PhD student {Rome, Pontifical Biblical Institute (Lat. Pontificium Institutum Biblicum) – Biblicum (since 1919)}
till c. 1932 — student {Lublin, Department of Theology, Catholic University of Lublin KUL (since 1928), Catholic University of Lublin KUL — clandestine, underground (1939‑44), University of Lublin (1918‑1928)}
till 1927 — student {Lublin, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}

others related in death

BUKOWSKI Leopold, DOMERACKI Joseph, DRWAL Francis, DRWĘSKI Stanislaus (Bro. Felician), GLAKOWSKI Stanislaus, HANKE Francis, HAROŃSKI Leo, HUWER Joseph, KULISZ Charles, KUPILAS Francis, LANGNER Herbert, PANKOWSKI Marian, POLEDNIA Paul, ROGACZEWSKI Adalbert Theophilus, SCHULZ Joseph Valentine, STOCK Joseph

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Buchenwald: In KL Buchenwald concentration camp, founded in 1937 and operational till 1945, Germans held c. 238,380 prisoners and murdered approx. 56,000 of them, among them thousands of Poles. Prisoners were victims of pseudo–scientific experiments, conducted among others by Behring–Werke from Marburg and Robert Koch Institute from Berlin companies. They slaved for Gustloff in Weimar and Fritz–Sauckel companies manufacturing armaments. To support Erla–Maschinenwerk GmbH in Leipzig, Junkers in Schönebeck (airplanes) and Rautal in Wernigerode Germans organized special sub–camps. In 1945 there were more than 100 such sub–camps. Dora concentration camp was initially one of them, as well as KL Ravensbrück sub–camps (from 08.1944). On 08.04.1945 Polish prisoner, Mr Guido Damazyn, used clandestinely constructed short wave transmitter to sent, together with a Russian prisoner, a short message begging for help. It was received and he got a reply: „KZ Bu. Hold out. Rushing to your aid. Staff of Third Army” (American). Three days later the camp was liberated. (more on: www.buchenwald.de [access: 2013.08.10], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.10])

KL Auschwitz (prisoner no: 155681): 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])

KL Plaszow: German concentration camp (Germ. Konzentrationslager) near Cracow. Founded by German genocidal SS organisation and German police in the autumn on 1942 as a slave labour camp (Germ. Zwangsarbeitslager), later — in 01.1944 — turned into a concentration camp. Initially, it was a camp for Jews from the ghetto in Kraków, closed down on 14.03.1943. Later, mainly Poles from Lesser Poland in the General Governorate were held there – but also Hungarians and Slovaks – and the number of prisoners exceeded 20,000. In total, about 40,000 people passed through the camp. c. 8,000 people were murdered by the Germans in the nearby Hujowa Górka The camp was liquidated at the turn of 1944/5 – the last group of prisoners was marched out to KL Auschwitz on 14.01.1945. The Russians entered the camp on 20.01.1945. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2020.12.11])

Lublin (Castle): German penal and detention centre. Approx. 40,000 Poles were kept there prior to transport to German concentration camps. After German expulsion in 1944 Russian prison and next prison run by UB, Polish branch of Russian NKVD where thousands of members of clandestine resistance Home Army AK, part of Polish Clandestine State, and National Armed Forces NSZ where jailed, tortured and murdered (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.09.30])

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.org [access: 2015.09.30], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.10.04])

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])


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