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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

WĄDOŁOWSKI

forename(s)

Francis (pl. Franciszek)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Łomża diocese
more on: www.kuria.lomza.pl [access: 2012.11.23]
Sejny diocese
more on: www.catholic-hierarchy.org [access: 2019.02.02]

academic distinctions

Sacred Theology MA

honorary titles

prelate
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.11.14]
Minor Canon -Scholaster (Łomża cathedral)
more on: en.wikipedia.org

date and place of death

1940

Komornicki forest
Działdowo gm., Działdowo pow., warmińsko-mazurskie voiv., Poland

alt. dates and places of death

31.05.1940, 1943

KL Soldau
Działdowo, Działdowo pow., warmińsko-mazurskie voiv., Poland
KL Dachau
Dachau, Upper Bavaria reg., Bawaria, Germany

details of death

During Polish–Russian war of 1920 arrested together with Bp Jałbrzykowski by the attacking Russians. Repeatedly interrogated. Released on 18.08.1920 after Russian defeat in Warsaw battle of 08.1920 and their withdrawal. After German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (Russians invaded Poland 17 days later) and start of the II World War arrested by the Germans few days after fall of Łomża on 11‑12.09.1939 and start of German occupation, together with Fr Vladislaus Kłapkowski. Held in Springborn camp (in Stoczek Warmiński Franciscan monastery). From there prob. in 12.1939 transported to KL Hohenbruch concentration camp. Finally on 17.03.1940 transported to KL Soldau concentration camp (then operated as DL Soldau, i.e. transit camp) where perished in unknown circumstances. In the White Book it is assumed that was murdered in a nearby Komorniki forests in a mass execution during genocidal Germ. „Intelligenzaktion”, extermination of Polish ruling classes and intelligentsia.

alt. details of death

According to others sources perished in KL Dachau concentration camp.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Germans

date and place of birth

08.12.1880

Konopki
Suwałki pow., podlaskie voiv., Poland

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

15.04.1905 (Sankt Petersburg)

positions held

vicar general {dioc.: Łomża; the closest associate of Bp Stanislaus Łukomski}
chaplain {Łomża, Holy Trinity abbey, to Benedictine Sisters}
manager {Łomża, Universal University}
professor {Łomża, Theological Seminary}
prefect {Łomża}
professor {Sejny, Theological Seminary}
teacher {Sejny, Polish school}

others related in death

BIAŁY Vladislav, CIBOROWSKI Thaddeus, KŁAPKOWSKI Vladislav, KRYSIAK Andrew, KURACH Anthony, LATARSKI Joseph, ŁUKOMSKI Stanislaus Kostka Andrew, MORAWSKI Michael, PAWLAK Anthony, ROGIŃSKI Joseph Stanislaus, STEFAŃCZYK Faustinus, BAGDZIŃSKI Mieczyslav, CHWIŁOWICZ Mieczyslav, JANKOWSKI Anthony, KEMPIŃSKI Stanislaus, KLEPACZEWSKI Louis, KRYSIŃSKI John Julian, ŁADA Alexander, MIASTKOWSKI Anthony, PIEŃKOWSKI Vladislav, PŁOSZAJ Stanislaus, RAMOTOWSKI Vladislav, ROSZKOWSKI Czeslav, SZCZEPANOWSKI Stanislaus Felix, SZCZODROWSKI Marian, SZYMCZYK Joseph

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Komorniki forests: Series of mass murders perpetrated by Germans at the bottom of Komorniki Hill, c. 6 km from Działdowo. Victims were Poles, representatives of Germ. Führungsschicht (Eng. Leading Classes), teachers, Catholic priests, office workers, farmers, political and social activists — prisoners of then DL Soldau Germ. „Durchgangslager für polnische Zivilgefangene” (pl. „transit camp for Polish civilian POWs”). The first of the murders was prob. in 12.1939, on 34 teachers in Ciechanów county. Later prisoners transported from KL Hohenbruch, AbL Rudau, AbL AbL Groß‑Mischen, AbL Baydritten, Stalag I B Hohenstein camps in East Prussia, arrested earlier, were murdered. The victims were brought to the execution site — the trenches of 8 m × 6 m × 2 m were dug out earlier — in trucks and murdered from machine guns fire. Some individuals were executed in DL Soldau camp itself — in the basements of one of camp’s buildings. There they were killed with single shots to the head and bodies were subsequently buried in Komorniki forests. Altogether c. 1,500 people were murdered then, including c. 26. Catholic priests. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2020.07.31])

KL Soldau: KL Soldau concentration camp (in modern Działdowo city) — since the pre–war Polish Działdowo county was incorporated into Germ. Regierungsbezirk Allenstein (Eng. Olsztyn regency) the camp was located in occupied territories where general German law was in force, i.e. in Germany proper — was founded in 09.1939, when in former barracks of 32nd Infantry Regiment of Polish Army Germans set up a temporary camp for POW captured during September 1939 campaign. In autumn 1939 was also used as police jail. In 1939‑40 changed into niem. „ Durchgangslager für polnische Zivilgefangene” (Eng. Transit Camp for Polish Civilians), prior to transport to other concentration camps. In reality it was used then as a place of extermination of Polish intelligentsia within Germ. Intelligenzaktion genocidal program and extermination of sick and disabled within Aktion T4 program. Next in 05.1940 the camp was changed again into niem. Arbeitserziehungslager (Eng. Work Education Camp), and finally into penal comp for criminal and political prisoners, most of whom were sentenced to death. In 1939‑41 Germans imprisoned, maltreated and tortured in KL Soldau hundreds of Polish priests and religious. Approx. 80 priests, religious and nuns perished. They were murdered in the camp itself, by a shot into a head, or in places of mass executions in nearby forests — Białuty forest, Malinowo forets, Komorniki. Dates and precise locations of these murders remain unknown. Altogether in KL Soldau approx. 15,000 prisoners were murdered, including thousands victims — patients of psychiatric institutions (within Aktion T4 plan). (more on: mazowsze.hist.pl [access: 2013.08.17], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.09.02])

KL Dachau: KL Dachau in German Bavaria, set up in 1933, became the main concentration camp for Catholic priests and religious during II World War: Germans imprisoned there approx. 3,000 priests, including 1,800 Poles. They were forced to slave at so‑called „Plantags”, doing manual field works, at constructions, including crematorium. In the barracks ruled hunger, freezing cold in the winter and suffocating heat during the summer. Prisoners suffered from bouts of illnesses, including tuberculosis. Many were victims of murderous „medical experiments” — in 11.1942 c. 20 were given phlegmon injections; in 07.1942 to 05.1944 c. 120 were used by for malaria experiments. More than 750 Polish clerics where murdered by the Germans, some brought to Schloss Hartheim euthanasia centre and murdered in gas chambers. At its peak KL Dachau concentration camps’ system had nearly 100 slave labour sub–camps located throughout southern Germany and Austria. There were c. 32,000 documented deaths at the camp, and thousands perished without a trace. C. 10,000 of the 30,000 inmates were found sick at the time of liberation, on 29.04.1945, by the USA troops… (more on: www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de [access: 2013.08.10], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.05.30])

KL Hohenbruch: German concentration camp Germ. Konzentrationslager Hohenbruch and forced labour camp, mainly for Poles — e.g. captured during „Intelligenzaktion” — in operation in 1939‑44/5 in East Prussia, n. Konigsberg. Prisoners — a few thousands — slaved mainly at forest clearances and swamp draining. C. 200 perished murdered. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.08.17])

Springborn: In Franciscan monastery in Springborn (now: Stoczek Klasztorny) Germans interned and jailed many priests starting from 1938. In 1938 Austrian bishops were held captive there. In 1939, after German invasion of Poland, Polish priests from northern Poland were being held there prior to being sent to concentration camps. After 1945 commi–nazi authorities held Polish Primate, cardinal Stephen Wyszyński in the monastery. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2015.05.09])

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: 2015.05.09], 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])

Polish-Russian war of 1919—20: 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.org [access: 2014.12.20])

sources

personal:
mazowsze.hist.pl [access: 2014.11.02], lomzynskie24.pl [access: 2016.03.14], zaginieni1939-45.pl [access: 2013.12.04]
bibliograhical:
„Fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917‑39. Martyrology”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin

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