Roman Catholic parish
85 Wiślana str.
Martyrology of the clergy — Poland
XX century (1914 – 1989)
Latin (Roman Catholic) Church
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.09.21]
diocese / province
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.06.23]
date and place of birth
Khataevichi (Lahoysk, Belarus)
alt. dates and places of birth
presbyter (holy orders)/
Apostolic Administrator in Kharkiv (from 1928), parish priest of Assumption of the Virgin Mary parish in Kharkiv (from 1928), f. administrator of St Nicholas in Ługa (1925‑7), St Casimir in Mogilev parishes, f. administrator of Kronstadt parish (1904‑17) — Catholic chaplain of Russian navy and land forces in Kronstadt and catechist of maritime architecture shool, gymnasiums and maritime medical school in Kronstadt, f. administrator of Holy Trinity parish in Minsk (1899‑1904?) — catechist of gymnasiums in Minsk, f. chaplain to Abp Simon Martin Kozłowski, Mogilev archbishop (1891‑9), f. theology and philosophy student at Theological Seminary in Sankt Petersburg (till 1893)
date and place of death
cause of death
details of death
For the first time arrested by the Russias on 03.01.1921. Accused of „meeting with Polish delegation with espinage intent”On 03.02.1921 however released. Arrested again on 12.08.1937 in Kharkiv — together with his sister, cleaner woman in the church and entire parish council (c. 20 people). On 24.09.1937 sentenced by „Troika NKVD” Russian genocidal kangaroo court to death. Murdered in prison, together with 11 parishioners.
camps (+ prisoner no)
11.08.1937 Russian genocide: On 11.08.1937 Russian leader Stalin decided and NKWD head, Nicholas Jeżow, signed a „Polish operation” executive order no 00485. 139,835 Poles living in Russia were thus sentenced summarily to death. 111,091 were murdered. 28,744 were sentenced to deportation to concentration camps in Gulag. Altogether however more than 100,000 Poles were deported, mainly to Kazakhstan, Siberia, Kharkov and Dniepropetrovsk. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2016.03.14])
Great Purge 1937: In the summer of 1937 Polish Catholic priests held in Solovetsky Islands, Anzer Island and BelBaltLag were locked in prison cells (some in Sankt Petersburg). Next in a few kangaroo, murderous Russian trials (on 09.10.1937, 25.11.1937, among others) run by so‑called „Troika NKVD” all were sentenced to death. They were subsequently executed by a single shot to the back of the head. The murders took place either in Sankt Petersburg prison or directly in places of mass murder, e.g. Sandarmokh or Levashov Wilderness, where their bodies were dumped into the ditches. Other priests were arrested in the places they still ministered in and next murdered in local NKVD headquarters (e.g. in Minsk in Belarus), after equally genocidal trials run by aforementioned „Troika NKVD” kangaroo courts.
Kharkiv (prison): Russian criminal prison where in the 1930s a number of Catholic priests were held prior to being sent to Russian concentration camps.
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„Fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917‑39. Martyrology”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin
ipn.gov.pl [access: 2019.02.02]
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