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Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese
Poland

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  • RAFA Joseph - 1935, Iwonicz, source: www.parafiaiwonicz.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAFA Joseph
    1935, Iwonicz
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surname

RAFA

forename(s)

Joseph (pl. Józef)

function

diocesan priest

creed

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

diocese / province

Przemyśl diocese
more on: www.przemyska.pl [access: 2013.02.15]

honorary titles

Expositorii Canonicalis canon
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.11.14]
Rochettum et Mantolettum canon
more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2014.11.14]

date and place of birth

15.10.1879

Bystra (Gorlice county)

presbyter (holy orders)/
ordination

01.07.1906 (Przemyśl)

positions held

dean of Rymanów deanery (1933‑42), parish priest of Iwonicz parish (1913‑42), f. prefect in Iwonicz (1910‑3), f. vicar of Harta n. Dynów parish (1906‑10)

date and place of death

05.01.1942

Iwonicz

cause of death

disease

details of death

After German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939 and start of the II World War, during German occupation, organized help to the Poles deported from Greater Poland (as Reichsgau Warthegau) and Pomerania (as Reichsgau Danzig–Westpreußen) incorporated into Germany. Supported deported priests as well. Chairman of local Red Cross branch in Iwonicz. Perished from typhus contracted while helping Russian prisoner escapees, taken POW after German attack of their erstwhile ally in 06.1941, from the Rymanów POW camp Stalag 327 — providing food and securing shelter. In Rymanów camp due to typhus epidemic and inhumane prisoners’ treatment up to 10,000 prisoners perished.

alt. dates and places of death

04.01.1942

perpetrators

Germans

murder sites
camps (+ prisoner no)

General Governorate: A separate administrative territorial region set up by the Germans in 1939 after defeat of Poland, which included German‑occupied part of Polish territory that was not directly incorporate into German state. It was run by the Germans till 1945 and final Russian offensive, and was a part of so–called Big Germany — Grossdeutschland. From 1941 expanded to include district Galicia. (more on: en.wikipedia.org [access: 2013.12.04])

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])

sources

personal:
iwonicz.pl [access: 2017.03.24]
bibliograhical:
„Register of Latin rite Lviv metropolis clergy’s losses in 1939‑45”, Józef Krętosz, Maria Pawłowiczowa, editors, Opole, 2005
„Biographical lexicon of Lviv Roman Catholic Metropoly clergy victims of the II World War 1939‑1945”, Mary Pawłowiczowa (ed.), Fr Joseph Krętosz (ed.), Holy Cross Publishing, Opole, 2007
original images:
www.parafiaiwonicz.pl [access: 2017.03.24], www.parafiaiwonicz.pl [access: 2017.03.24]

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