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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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Gustave (pl. Gustaw)


diocesan priest


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

diocese / province

Culm (Chełmno) diocese
more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2012.11.23]

academic distinctions

Doctor of Theology

honorary titles

Papal chamberlain
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.11.22]

date and place of death


Gniew gm., Tczew pow., Pomerania voiv., Poland

details of death

While doing secondary education in gymnasium in Chełmno (till 1893) — during German occupation (Prussian partition of Poland) — member of Polish clandestine self–education organization Pomeranian Philomaths. On 03‑05.12.1918, a month after rebirth of independent Poland, during struggles to establish Polish borders, delegate to the Polish Regional Parliament in Poznań. Member of Polish People’s Council in Olsztyn and Dąbrówno. In 1920 member of Polish–German commission mandated to take administrative charge during plebiscite under League of Nations auspices that was to decide fate of Warmia and Masuria. In 1920 attacked and beaten up by the Germans for support given to Polish aspiration during Pomerania plebiscite (in his parish 65% voted for Poland). Forcibly expelled, together with 3 other Polish activists — to Poland: the perpetrators were later set free by a German court. After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the World War II arrested by the Germans in the autumn of 1939. Jailed in Nowe on Vistula prison. Released because of an advanced age, prob. after German neighbours intervention. Forbidden to conduct his ministry. Perished soon after returning to his parish as a result of prison experiences.

cause of death




date and place of birth


Wąbrzeźno pow., Kuyavia-Pomerania voiv., Poland

presbyter (holy orders)/


positions held

1934–1940 — dean {dean.: Nowe}
1922–1940 — parish priest {parish: Pieniążkowo, St John the Baptist; dean.: Nowe}
1921–1922 — administrator {parish: Pieniążkowo, St John the Baptist; dean.: Nowe}
censor of religious books (Lat. censores librorum) {dioc.: Chełmno}
1915–1920 — dean {dean.: (Pomesania, Kwidzyn)}
1906–1920 — parish priest {parish: Turowo}
administrator {parish: Turowo}
administrator {parish: Płowęż}
administrator {parish: Łobdowo}
vicar {parish: Lidzbark Warmiński, St Peter and St Paul the Apostles; dean.: Lidzbark Warmiński}
vicar {parish: Chełmno, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; dean.: Chełmno}
till 1900 — PhD student {Münster, theology, Wilhelm University of Westphalia (from 1907), Royal University of Theology and Philosophy (1902–1907), Royal Theological and Philosophical Academy (1843–1902); today Münster, North Rhine–Westphalia}
from 1893 — student {Pelplin, philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary}
from 1912 — membership {Toruń, scientific society}

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

Nowe on Vistula: German court jail used in 1939 to hold, as a part of „Intelligenzaktion” aimed at extermination of Polish intelligentsia and ruling classes in Pomerania, local Polish inhabitants, including local priests. Some of them were subsequently taken to Mniszek and murdered. (more on: miastonowe.website.pl [access: 2014.10.31])

Intelligenzaktion: (Eng. „Action Intelligentsia”) — extermination program of Polish elites, mainly intelligentsia, executed by the Germans right from the start of the occupation in 09.1939 till around 05.1940, mainly on the lands directly incorporated into Germany but also in the so‑called General Governorate where it was called AB‑aktion. During the first phase right after start of German occupation of Poland implemented as Germ. Unternehmen „Tannenberg” (Eng. „Tannenberg operation”) — plan based on proscription lists of Poles worked out by (Germ. Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen), regarded by Germans as specially dangerous to the German Reich. List contained names of c. 61,000 Poles. Altogether during this genocide Germans methodically murdered c. 50,000 teachers, priests, landowners, social and political activists and retired military. Further 50,000 were sent to concentration camps where most of them perished. (more on: miastonowe.website.pl [access: 2014.10.31], en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.10.04])

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 — 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])

Pomeranian Philomaths: Secret societies of Polish youth, aiming at self–education, patriotic in form and content, functioning 1830‑1920, mainly in secondary schools — gymnasia — in Pomerania around Vistula river (Gdańsk Pomerania and Chełmno county), in Prussian–occupied Polish territories (one of the partitions of Poland). On 08.01.1901 Germans conducted a series of interrogations of students at Chełmno, Brodnica and Toruń gymnasiums. On 09‑12.09.1901 the first of court trials of Polish students from those gymnasiums and students of Theological Seminary in Pelplin was held in Toruń. 1 person was sentenced to 3 months in prison, 1 to 2 months, 3 to 6 weeks, 7 to 3 weeks, 2 to 2 weeks, 19 to a week, 2 to 1 day, 10 were reprimanded. 15 were cleared. More definitive penalties were relegations from the schools with so‑called wolf’s ticket, forbidding sentenced students to continue secondary and higher studies in Prussia (Germany). Among those penalized were a few future Catholic priests — those were able to continue their education for the Chełmno diocese bishop, Bp August Rosentreter, refused to relegate students from Theological Seminary. (more on: pl.wikipedia.org [access: 2018.11.18])


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„Martyrology of the Polish Roman Catholic clergy under nazi occupation in 1939‑1945”, Victor Jacewicz, John Woś, vol. I‑V, Warsaw Theological Academy, 1977‑1981
original images:
neidenburg-nibork-nidzica.blogspot.com [access: 2015.09.30]


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