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St Sigismund parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana Str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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religious status

Servant of God

surname

BALCAREK

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

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function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Katowice diocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.12.20]

date and place
of death

23.05.1946

Ustrońtoday: Ustroń urban gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II member of Polish clandestine resistance organizations Armed Struggle Union ZWZ and Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State).

Arranged help for repressed Polish families.

Despite a ban delivered sermons in Polish.

Provided shelter and support to ZWZ and AK couriers.

Hid and provided shelter to wanted by the Germans members of ZWZ and AK.

Arrested by the Germans on 11.11.1943.

Jailed in Cieszyn and Mysłowice prisons.

Next transferred to KL Buchenwald concentration camp.

Liberated in 1945.

Totally exhausted returned to his diocese.

Did not recover though and soon perished.

cause of death

exhaustion and disease

perpetrators

Germans

date and place
of birth

30.12.1912

KarvináTrans‐Olza
today: Karviná dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]

alt. dates and places
of birth

12.12.1912

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

25.12.1939 (Katowice cathedral)

positions held

1945 – 1946

vicar — Szarlejtoday: district of Piekary Śląskie, Piekary Śląskie city pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.04.02]
⋄ Holy Trinity RC parish ⋄ Piekary Śląskietoday: Piekary Śląskie city pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.04.02]
RC deanery

1945

vicar — Skoczówtoday: Skoczów gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2020.10.13]
⋄ St Peter and St Paul the Apostles RC parish ⋄ Skoczówtoday: Skoczów gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2020.10.13]
RC deanery

1940 – 1943

vicar — Górki Wielkietoday: Brenna gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ All the Saints RC parish ⋄ Skoczówtoday: Skoczów gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2020.10.13]
RC deanery — substitute

vicar — Pruchnatoday: Strumień gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ St Anne RC parish ⋄ Strumieńtoday: Strumień gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

vicar — JablunkovTrans‐Olza
today: Frýdek‐Místek dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

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[access: 2022.01.28]
⋄ Corpus Christi RC parish ⋄ JablunkovTrans‐Olza
today: Frýdek‐Místek dist., Moravian‐Silesian reg., Czechia

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[access: 2022.01.28]
RC deanery

vicar — Ustrońtoday: Ustroń urban gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ St Clement, the Pope and Martyr RC parish ⋄ Cieszyntoday: Cieszyn gm., Cieszyn pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]
RC deanery

till 1939

student — Krakówtoday: Kraków city pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ Department of Theology, Jagiellonian University UJ

1937 – 1939

student — Krakówtoday: Kraków city pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

1933 – 1937

student — Kielcetoday: Kielce city pov., Holy Cross voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

murder sites
camp 
(+ prisoner no)

KL Buchenwald: In German Germ. Konzentrationslager (Eng. concentration camp) 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.deClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.10]
, en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.10]
)

EG Myslowitz: Germ. Polizei Ersatz Gefängnis in Myslowitz (Eng. Police Substitute Prison Mysłowice) was operational from 13.02.1941 till 22.01.1945. Altogether c. 18,000 people went through it, including c. 2,000 women, mainly citizens of the Katowice regency, part of Germ. Provinz Oberschlesien (Eng. Upper Silesia Province) — on average from 100 to 1,200 at any one time. Initially only men were held captive. From 1941 also women were admitted, and from the beginning of 1943 a part of camp was dedicated to underage boys (underage girls were held in women block). Tortures were used. Killings and executions took place. Germans used also the camp to select people for public executions, without a proper court proceedings. Most of the prisoners, including children and teens were subsequently dispatched to concentration and death camps (mainly to nearby KL Auschwitz). (more on: ipn.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2020.05.25]
)

Cieszyn: Remand jail run by German political police Gestapo — in the southern part (today: Czech) of town — and investigative prison — in northern (Polish) side, on the other bank of Olza river — run by Germans. In 1940 the prisoners were initially held in Cieszyn jail but next, due to an overcrowding, taken to former Josef and Jacob Kohn furniture manufacturing plant, by Frydecka Str. and Jabłonkowa Str. junction on the southern bank of Olza, where a transit camp was set up. The prisoners — more than 1,000 Poles went through the camp — were interrogated and whipped with horsewhips, prior to being sent to German concentration camps. (more on: www.sw.gov.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.08.10]
)

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 World War II 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 Stanislav 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
[access: 2015.09.30]
)

Pius XI's encyclicals: Facing the creation of two totalitarian systems in Europe, which seemed to compete with each other, though there were more similarities than contradictions between them, Pope Pius XI issued in 03.1937 (within 5 days) two encyclicals. In the „Mit brennender Sorge” (Eng. „With Burning Concern”) published on 14.03.1938, condemned the national socialism prevailing in Germany. The Pope wrote: „Whoever, following the old Germanic‐pre‐Christian beliefs, puts various impersonal fate in the place of a personal God, denies the wisdom of God and Providence […], whoever exalts earthly values: race or nation, or state, or state system, representatives of state power or other fundamental values of human society, […] and makes them the highest standard of all values, including religious ones, and idolizes them, this one […] is far from true faith in God and from a worldview corresponding to such faith”. On 19.03.1937, published „Divini Redemptoris” (Eng. „Divine Redeemer”), in which criticized Russian communism, dialectical materialism and the class struggle theory. The Pope wrote: „Communism deprives man of freedom, and therefore the spiritual basis of all life norms. It deprives the human person of all his dignity and any moral support with which he could resist the onslaught of blind passions […] This is the new gospel that Bolshevik and godless communism preaches as a message of salvation and redemption of humanity”… Pius XI demanded that the established human law be subjected to the natural law of God , recommended the implementation of the ideal of a Christian state and society, and called on Catholics to resist. Two years later, National Socialist Germany and Communist Russia came together and started World War II. (more on: www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
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sources

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