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

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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Joseph (pl. Józef)


eparchial priest


Ukrainian Greek Catholic
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]

diocese / province

Przemyśl eparchy
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.05.19]



date and place of death


SevVostLag-Kolyma labour camp
Magadan, Magadan oblast, Russia

details of death

Prob. participant of Polish–Ukrainian war of 1918‑9 as a soldier of the Ukrainian Galician Army UGA. Arrested by Polish authorities and interned, first in Kamenets Podolskyi (the city on 16.11.1919 — 12.07.1920 under Polish control) and then in Stryi. Released prob. in 1920. On 22.01.1923 as a student of the theological seminary apprehended by Polish authorities when travelling home for winter break — accused of absconding compulsory military service. Few days later escaped but was able to complete his studies. During II World War, started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939, after German defeat and start in 1944 of another Russian occupation, arrested on 19.12.1944 by Russian occupying forces. Held in Pidbuzh prison. On 06.01.1945 released. Two months later, on 15.03.1945, arrested again by agents of Russian genocidal NKVD organisation — according to Ukrainian sources for refusal to participate in preparation for incorporation of the Greek Catholic Church into Russian Orthodoxy (a group that undertook this task was later known as „initiative group”). Held in Drohobych prison. Accused of, among others, that „during temporary German occupation […] was a member of a committee determining quotas and taxes required by the German army […] and a committee working on sending Ukrainian citizens to slave labour in Germany”. On 21.12.1945 sentenced by Russian NKVD military kangaroo court from Drohobych region to 10 years of slave labour in Russian concentration camps Gulag. Next held for some time in transit camp no 25 in Lviv. From there transported to SevVostLag system of concentration camps in Russian Yakutia przewieziony do obozu koncentracyjnego SiewWostŁag w Jakucji, where was held in a camp in Zyryanka village on the left bank of Kolyma river. In the 2nd half of 1947 suffering from kidney disease taken to camp’s „hospital” on Nagaeva bay n. Magadan where perished.

cause of death




date and place of birth


Drohobych rai., Lviv obl., Ukraine

presbyter (holy orders)/

28.03.1926 (Greek Catholic Theological Seminary in Przemyśl chapel)

positions held

parish priest of Dovhe parish in Borislav deanery (1934‑45), f. administrator of Terka parish in Cisna deanery (1926‑34), f. theology and philosophy student at Greek Catholic Theological Seminary in Przemyśl (1921‑5), married, four children

others related in death


murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

SevVostLag: Set of Russian concentration camps (sub‑camps) of forced slaved labour (for most of the time part of part of „Dalstroy” mining company controlled by genocidal NKVD organization, also part of Gulag penal system), in Kołyma region, where in gold and other minerals' mines up to 200,000 prisoners where held at the peak. The prisoners were transported on ships to Magadan port in Magadan oblast on the Sea of Okhotsk, an entry point to the SevVostLag, prior to be sent to target sub‑camps. Up to 6 mln of the perished in Kołyma in 1931/2‑53. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09], www.gulagmuseum.org [access: 2019.05.30])

Gulag: Network of Russian slave labour concentration camps. At any given time up to 12 mln inmates where held in them, milions perished. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09])

Lviv (transit prison no 25): Founded in the autumn of 1945 by Russian murderous MVD (successor of genocidal NKVD) in the former Lviv Jewish ghetto. One of the largest of its kind in Russia. 21 barracks, hospital and office bulding were constructed there. Prisoners had to wait from week to a year for transport to one of concentration camps Gulag. Closed down in 1955. (more on: www.territoryterror.org.ua [access: 2020.04.04])

Drohobych (prisons): Before the outbreak of the II World War in 09.1939 a criminal prison functioned at Drohobych Truskawiecka Str. where c. 1,200‑1,500 inmates were held. After the start in 09.1939 of the first Russian occupation a new jail run by Russian NKVD genocidal organization was opened at Striyska Str. (by regional NKVD headquarters). There in 06.1941, after German attack of their erstwhile ally, Russians, NKVD perpetrated a genocidal massacre of prisoners. After German defeat and start in 1944 of another Russian occupation NKVD returned to the same buildings and again opened their jail, where hundreds and thousands of people suspected of not supporting Russia were held and interrogated. The jail was closed in 1959. The prison at Truskawiecka Str. however remained open throughout the II World War, both during Russian and German occupations, stayed open after the end of military hostilities and operates till today. (more on: btx.home.pl [access: 2020.04.04])

Slave labour in Germany: During II World War Germans forced c. 15 million people to do a slave forced labour in Germany and in the territories occupied by Germany. In General Governorate the obligation to work included Poles from 14 to 60 years old. On the Polish territories occupied and incorporated into Germany proper obligation was forced upon children as young as 12 years old — for instance in Warthegau (Eng. Greater Poland). (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2017.11.07])

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])

Polish-Ukrainian war of 1918—9: One of the wars for borders of the newly reborn Poland. At the end of 1918 on the former Austro–Hungarian empire’s territory, based on the Ukrainian military units of the former Austro–Hungarian army, Ukrainians waged war against Poland. In particular attempted to create foundation of an independent state and attacked Lviv. Thanks to heroic stance of Lviv inhabitants, in particular young generation of Poles — called since then Lviv eaglets — the city was recaptured by Poles and for a number of months successfully defended against furious Ukrainian attacks. In 1919 Poland — its newly created army — pushed Ukrainian forces far to the east and south, regaining control over its territory. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2017.05.20])


www.los.org.pl [access: 2020.04.04], dlibra.kul.pl [access: 2019.12.26]
„Clergy of Przemyśl Eparchy and Apostolic Exarchate of Lemkivshchyna”, Bogdan Prach, Ukrainian Catholic University Publishing House, Lviv 2015


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