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: 2013.05.23]
date and place of birth
Balbieriškis (Prienai region, Lithuania)
presbyter (holy orders)/
administrator of Małyń parish n. Zhytomyr (c. 1934‑6), f. administrator of St Anthony and St John Nepomucene parish in Zbrzyż in Kamieniec Podolski deanery (from c. 1917‑8 — 1931) — also minister of Kutkowce, Lanckrona parishes, f. theology and philosophy student at Theological Seminary in Zhytomyr (till 1914)
date and place of death
cause of death
details of death
For the first time arrested by the Russians in 1924 in Zbrzhysh. Jailed in Kamianets–Podilskyi prison. Released. Harrased and interrogated a few times. On 28.09.1927 arrested again. Exiled — together with Fr Valery Szymański — for 5 years beyond Ukraine. In the beginning of 1930 released and returned to Kamianets–Podilskyi region. On 26.11.1931 yet again arrested by the Russians. Jailed in Kamianets–Podilskyi prison. In 12.1931 moved to Kharkiv prison. Accused of anti–Russian agitation and illegal contacts with Poland. On 11.11.1932 in Kharkiv sentenced to 5 years of slave labour by a criminal Russian OGPU Council kangaroo court. Transported to BelBaltLag concentration camp (Kuzema Station) where he slave at construction of Belamor canal. Released in 1933. Returned to Ukraine. In 1935 arrested in Małyń. Released after 5 months. After closure of the church in Małyń in 1936 by the Russians moved to Zhytomyr. There on 07.09.1937 (or 06.08.1937) arrested for the last time. Accused of „counter–revolutionary activities among Polish population and spreading of anti–Russian propaganda”. On 17.09.1937 sentenced to death — by the Russian genocidal „Troika NKVD” kangaroo court — and murdered in prison.
alt. dates and places of death
others related in death
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.
Zhytomyr (prison): Russian investigative prison known for cruel interrogation methods used by the Russians. Execution site as well.
Kharkiv (prison): Russian criminal prison where in the 1930s a number of Catholic priests were held prior to being sent to Russian concentration camps.
BelbaltLag: White Sea‑Baltic Sea camp — Russian concentration camp and forced slave labour camp (part of Gulag penal system), on White Sea coast, with headquarters in Medvezhyegorsk. The prisoners slaved and Bielomor canal construction. Up to 25,000 perished. (more on: www.gulagmuseum.org [access: 2014.05.09], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.05.09])
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])
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„Fate of the Catholic clergy in USSR 1917‑39. Martyrology”, Roman Dzwonkowski, SAC, ed. Science Society KUL, 2003, Lublin
cathol.memo.ru [access: 2019.02.02], ipn.gov.pl [access: 2019.02.02]
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