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surname

ŁOPACZAK

forename(s)

Elias (pl. Eliasz)

forename(s)
versions/aliases

Ilya (pl. Ilija)

function

eparchial priest

creed

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]

honorary titles

canon
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.11.14]

nationality

Ukrainian

date and place of death

08.05.1950

MinLag labour camp
GULAG slave labour camp system, Inta, Komi rep.

details of death

After the end of the I World War, during Polish–Ukrainian war of 1918‑9 among others, soldier of the Ukrainian Galician Army UGA. After the end of military hostilities of the II World War, started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09., after start in 1944 of another Russian occupation, arrested in 11.1945 by Russian MVD (successor of genocidal NKVD organization). Relented under pressure and signed so‑called „initiative group” letter, aiming at incorporation of Greek Catholic Church into Russian Orthodox Church. Took part in the so‑called Lviv pseudo–council on 08—10.03.1946 when Russians formally „liquidated” Greek Catholic Church robbing it of its possessions and passing it to Orthodox Church. Yet still in 1946 twice publically recanted this conversion to Orthodoxy. Thus arrested by the Russians again on 06.08.1949, by Drohobych unit of MVD. There prob. held in prison during interrogations. Accused of collaboration with Germans during German occupation (1941‑4), „providing help and support to the anti–Russian bands of Ukrainian nationalists” (from genocidal OUN organisation) and „hoarding of anti–Russian literature”. On 31.12.1949 sentence by MVD special kangaroo court to 10 years of slave labour in Russian concentration camps Gulag. Transported in MinLag concentration camp in Komi rep. Perished soon after arrival in camp’s central „hospital unit” — officially from „brain clot”.

cause of death

extermination

perpetrators

Russians

date and place of birth

01.08.1898

Yavoriv
Lviv obl.

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

15.02.1925 (Greek Catholic Przemyśl cathedral)

positions held

dean of Sambir deanery (1947‑9), administrator of Vyatskovichi/Yatvyagi parish in Sambir deanery (1938‑49), f. priest of St John the Baptist cathedral in Przemyśl (1926‑38) — preacher, f. employee of eparchy’s consistory/curia in Przemyśl (from 1932) — referent and consistory and bishop’s court notary, also a contract teacher at Gymnasium no 1, f. vicar of Aksmanice parish in Medyka deanery (1925‑6), f. theology and philosophy student at Greek Catholic Theological Seminary in Przemyśl (1920‑5)

others related in death

CZAJKOWSKI Theophilus, HAWRYSZKIEWICZ Elias, MICHALICHA Andrew

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

MinLag: Special GULAG camp No1 — Mineral (MinLag) — in Russian Komi republic, with a centre in Inta (beyond Arctic Circle). Founded on 28.02.1948 on the territory formerly under IntaLag concentration camp control. Disbanded on 06.08.1957 (when was incorporated into PechorLag camp system). Prisoners slaved in coal mines, mining gold and quartz, at road construction, brick making, etc. (more on: ipn.gov.pl [access: 2013.08.10], www.sciesielski.republika.pl [access: 2013.08.10])

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])

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])

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-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])

sources

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

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