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surname

STEINMETZ

forename(s)

Paul (pl. Paweł)

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    Commemorative plaque, Underground Resistance State monument, Poznań
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    Underground Resistance State monument, Poznań
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    Altar, Martyrs' Chapel, St Peter and St Paul cathedral, Poznań
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    Commemorative plague, altar, Martyrs' Chapel, St Peter and St Paul cathedral, Poznań
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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Gniezno and Poznań archdiocese (aeque principaliter)
more on: www.archpoznan.pl [access: 2012.11.23]
Military Ordinariate of Poland
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.12.20]

honorary titles

prelate
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.11.14]
„Cross of Valour”
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2019.04.16]
Gold „Cross of Merit”
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2019.04.16]
provost (Poznań collegiate)
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.03.01]

date and place of birth

13.01.1876

Kórnik
Poznań Cou., Greater Poland voiv., Poland

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

15.12.1901 (Poznań)

positions held

parish priest of St Mary Magdalene parish in Poznań (1935‑9), f. chairman of the Main Board of Greater Poland Insurgents Union (1938‑9), f. dean of Leszno deanery (c. 1920‑35), parish priest (1906‑35) and administrator (1906) of Osieczna parish, f. administrator of Świecichowa (1934), Zbarzewo (1923‑4), Kąkolewo (from 1919) parishes, f. chaplain to the Polish POWs in Silesia/Śląsk (c. 1915), f. director of retired priests’ house in Osieczna (from 1911), f. missionary at Polish migrant workers’ centers in Germany (c. 1908), f. vicar of Leszno parish (1902‑6), f. prefect of Amos Komenski’s gymnasium in Leszno (till 1906), f. theology and philosophy student at Theological Seminaries in Gniezno (till 1901) and Poznań (from 1898), member of Friends of Science Society in Poznań

date and place of death

01.1940

KL Posen
concentration camp, Poznań, Poznań city Cou., Greater Poland voiv., Poland

cause of death

murder

details of death

During his secondary schooling till 1898 in gymnasiums in Poznań and Wschowa member of Polish secret self–educational Thomas Zan Society. After announcement of rebirth of Poland on 11.11.1918 organiser and chairman of Polish Workers and Soldiers Council (14.11.1918), and later Peoples’ Council (30.11.1918) in Osieczna. During Greater Poland Uprising of 1918‑9 founder of „Falcon” Gymnastic Society transformed into insurgents’ „Leszno” armed unit. To equip it took 5,000 marks loan from a local bank. On 10.11.1919 in Osieczna set up a Red Cross Society that organized a filed hospital for insurgents. Later on 11.01.1919 organized a successful defense of Osieczna against returning Germans. On 25.03.1919 became chaplain of 6th Greater Poland Riflemen Regiment in 2nd Greater Poland Riflement Division. After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, arrested on 10.10.1939 by the Germans (according to other sources on 11/12.09.1939, right after the capture of the city by the Germans). Jailed in Młyńska str. Gestapo prison and next in Kazimierz Biskupi transit camp. From there moved to Konin prison and treated as a hostage — designed to ensure obedience of all Catholic priests detained in Kazimierz Biskupi camp (according to other sources taken to Lądek–Zdrój in Sudety mountains). On 10.12.1939 released and deported to General Governorate (according to other sources escaped on 04.12.1939 while being transported to General Governorate and moved towards Kielce). Poznań German Gestapo started however to search for him for participation in Greater Poland uprising in 1918‑9 and soon, on 06.01.1940, in Poręba village n. Tarnów arrested again by the Germans. Brought back to Poznań and held in KL Posen (Fort VII) concentration camp. There tortured and prob. murdered, possibly torn and bitten by the dogs.

alt. dates and places of death

21-23.01.1940

forest n. Zbąszyń
Zbąszyń gm., Nowy Tomyśl Cou., Greater Poland voiv., Poland

alt. details of death

According to some witnesses driven out of KL Posen (Fort VII) together with group of convicts bound together by a wire in Zbąszyń direction and there, in local forests, murdered. It is worth noticing that in 01.1940 German murdered c. 2,000 KL Posen prisoners on the shores of Rusałka lake in Poznań (in Golęcin forests).

perpetrators

Germans

others related in death

CEGIEL Thaddeus, FLACH Julian, GRAMLEWICZ Edward, HARASYMOWICZ Vincent, JANICKI Stanislaus, JANKOWSKI Alphonse, KUBIK Alexander, ŁUKOWSKI Steven, MAŁECKI Stanislaus, MANITIUS Gustave, MIROCHNA Steven Marian (Fr Julian), MZYK Louis, NIEDBAŁ Anthony Adam, NOWAK Francis, PIOTROWSKI Ignatius, POPRAWSKI Marian, SĘKIEWICZ Mauritius Vaclav, SZREYBROWSKI Casimir, TYMA Joseph, WIŚNIEWSKA Mary, WOŹNIAK Albin, ADAMSKI Ignatius, BAJEROWICZ Adalbert Stanislaus, BINEK Silvester, DĄBROWSKI Steven, DUDZIŃSKI Stanislaus, GIEBUROWSKI Vaclav Casimir, GRASZYŃSKI Alphonse, HAŁAS Anthony, HEYDUCKI Czeslav, KANIEWSKI Zbigniew, KAŹMIERSKI Boleslaus, KRUSZKA Steven, MICHALSKI Stanislaus, NIKLEWICZ Czeslav Stanislaus, PACEWICZ Vaclav, PANEWICZ Roman, PANKOWSKI Peter Romualdo Casimir, ROSENBERG Louis, SOŁTYSIŃSKI Romualdo, ŚPIKOWSKI Marian, TACZAK Theodore, THEINERT Roman Sigismund, WIERZCHACZEWSKI Maximilian, WOLSKI Francis, ZALEWSKI Edward, ZWOLSKI Steven

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

KL Posen: German Posen — Fort VII — camp founded in c. 10.10.1939 in Poznań till mid of 11.1939 operated formally as KL Posen concentration camp (Germ. Konzentrationslager), and this term is used throughout the White Book, also later periods. It was first such a concentration camp set up by the Germans on Polish territory — in case of Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) directly incorporated into German Reich. In 10.1939 in KL Posen for the first time Germans used gas to murder civilian population, in particular patients of local psychiatric hospitals. From 11.1939 the camp operated as German political police Gestapo prison and transit camp (Germ. Übergangslager), prior to sending off to concentration camps, such as KL Dachau or KL Auschwitz. In 28.05.1941 the camp was rebranded as police jail and slave labour corrective camp (Germ. Arbeitserziehungslager). At its peak up to 7‑9 executions were carried in the camp per day, there were mass hangings of the prisoners and some of them were led out to be murdered elsewhere, outside of the camp. Altogether in KL Posen Germans exterminated approx. 20,000 inhabitants of Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) region, including many representatives of Polish intelligentsia, patients and staff of psychiatric hospitals and dozen or so Polish priests. Hundreds of priests were held there temporarily prior to transport to other concentration camps, mainly KL Dachau. From 03.1943 the camp had been transformed into an industrial complex (from 25.04.1944 — Telefunken factory manufacturing radios for submarines and aircrafts). (more on: www.wmn.poznan.pl [access: 2019.02.02], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.12.27])

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])

Konin: Detention centre run by Germans.

Kazimierz Biskupi: In the Missionary of the Holy Family (MSF) monastery Germans in 1939 organised a camp for Polish priests, mainly from Greater Poland (Wielkopolski). (more on: regionwielkopolska.pl [access: 2013.10.05])

Poznań (Młyńska str.): Detention centre run by Germans. Death sentences were carried out there, by guillotine and hanging. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.10.05])

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: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.10.05], 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])

Greater Poland Uprising: Military insurrection of Poles living in Posen Provinz (Eng. Poznań province) launched against German Reich in 1918‑9 aiming to incorporate lands captured by Prussia during partitions of Poland in XVIII century into Poland, reborn in 1918. Started on 27.12.1918 in Poznań and finished with total Polish victory on 16.02.1919 by a ceasefire in Trier. Many Polish priests took part in the Uprising, both as chaplains of the insurgents units and members and leaders of the Polish agencies and councils set up in the areas covered by the Uprising. In 1939 after German invasion of Poland and start of the II World war those priests were particularly persecuted by the Germans and majority of them were murdered. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.08.14])

Thomas Zan Societies: Secret societies of Polish youth, aiming at self–education, patriotic in form and content, functioning 1830‑1920, in mutiny against enforced Germanisation and censure of Polish culture, mainly in secondary schools — gymnasia — mainly in Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) and later in Silesia. The first groups were formed in 1817. In 1897 a congress in Bydgoszcz was held when rules of clandestine activities were formulated. At other congress in Bydgoszcz in Poznań a „Red Rose” society was formed, heading all others groups in various gymnasiums and coordinating their activities. In 1900 „Red Rose” consolidated Philomaths organizations from Pomerania as well. After Toruń trial of Pomeranian Philomaths in Toruń Germans arrested 24 members of Thomas Zan Society from Gniezno. 21 of them were sentenced up to 6 weeks in prison and reprimands. All were relegated from schools without the right to continue education in secondary and higher schools in Prussia. Despite repression the Societies existed till 1918 and rebirth of Poland. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.11.18])

sources

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