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Warsaw archdiocese
Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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surname

WALENTA

forename(s)

Theodore Henry (pl. Teodor Henryk)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

congregation

Society of St Francis de Sales (Salesian Society, - SDB)
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Katowice diocese
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

honorary titles

Cross on the Silesian Ribbon of Valor and Merit
Gold „Cross of Merit”
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2019.04.16]

date and place of birth

20.04.1882

Pawłów (Racibórz county)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

29.06.1909 (Turyn (Włochy))

positions held

parish priest of Guardian Angel parish in Gorzyce Śląskie (1934‑45), f. parish priest of St Nicholas parish in Wilcza Górna (1929‑34), f. vicar of Our Lady of Rosary in Chropaczów (1927‑9), St Peter and Paul the Apostles in Katowice (1925‑7), Our Lady of Sorrows in Rybnik (1923‑5) parishes, f. prefect at gymnasium and chaplain in the Institute for the Mentally Ill in Rybnik (1922‑3), f. friar in Oświęcim monastery (1919‑23) — teacher of foreign languages in Salesians’ Gymnasium in Mysłowice (1922) and in Oświęcim (from 1919), f. friar in Congregation’s houses in Italy (1909‑19) — Salesians’ youth educator, f. friar of Silesian of don Bosco (till 1923), f. theology and philosophy student at Genoa, Padua and Milan universities, novitiate in Foglizzo monastery in Italy, translator, poet

date and place of death

16.04.1945

Gorzyce (Wodzisław Śląski county)

cause of death

mass murder

details of death

After I World war, when the fate of Silesia region was to be decided — during Silesian Uprisings and Versaille mandated plebiscite (1919‑21) — Polish activist supporting Polish claims to Silesia. French and Italian language interpreter at Inter–Allied Governing and Plebiscite Commission in Upper Silesia located in Opole and speaker at public educational meetings organised by Polish Plebiscite Committee headquartered in Bytom. Before the outbreak of the II World War got partially paralysed and that prob. saved him from German concentration camps. After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, after start of German occupation, interrogated by the Germans. Forbidden to conduct any religious liturgical ceremonies and locked under a strict house arrest. In 1945, during Russian winter offensive of 1945 ending the military conflict of the II World War, in the light of imminent Germany collapse, hid a number of parishioners in the cellars of his rectory. After Russian capture of his village (nearby Wodzisław Śląski was taken over by the Russians o 26.03.1945) drunken Russian soldiers entered the rectory on 16.04.1945 and discovered a cellar. Stood up to defend women hiding there and was shot by a Russian soldier. Bleeding taken out the rectory, murdered and thrown into a ditch.

alt. details of death

According to other sources dragged out of the cellar. Beaten, harrassed, deprived of his stole and purse with corporal, called Rus. „cziorny czort” (Eng. „Black devil”), led to a local Russian commander. There subjected to further torture and then shot.

perpetrators

Russians

others related in death

BRANDYS Edward Paul, CAŁKA Casimir Francis

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Mass rapes in 1945: During capture in 1944‑5 of pre–war German territories and territories incorporated into Germany in 1939 after German invasion of Poland Russian soldiers committed mass, often multiple, rapes on mainly German, but also Polish, women. Up to 2 mln women might have been violated, from 8 to 80 or more years old. Many were murdered as a consequence. Rapes were prob. tolerated if not encouraged by Russian military and civilian NKVD commanders. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.03.01])

Intelligenzaktion Schlesien: Organised by Germans mainly in 04‑05.1940 planned action of arrests and extermination of Polish Upper Silesia intellectual elite in general recorded in a proscription list called „Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen” — participants of Upper Silesia uprisings, former Polish plebiscite activists, journalists, politicians, intellectuals, civil servants, priests — aiming at total Germanisation of the region. Some of the arrested were executed in mass murders, some where incarcerated in German concentration camps (priests, for instance, were moved to KL Dachau and then to KL Gusen where they slave in quarries) where most did not come back from, some were deported to German‑run General Governorate. Altogether Germans murdered c. 2,000 members of Polish Upper Silesia intellectual elite. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.05.30])

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: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.05.30], 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:
encyklo.pl [access: 2012.11.23], pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.05.30], gosc.pl [access: 2016.05.30], jankowice.rybnik.pl [access: 2016.05.30]
original images:
jankowice.rybnik.pl [access: 2016.05.30], www.miejscapamiecinarodowej.pl [access: 2014.01.06]

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