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Martyrologium polskiego duchowieństwa z Zaolzia podczas II wojny światowej
Martyrology of Polish Clergy from Zaolzie during World War II

Author(s): Damian Bednarski
Subject(s): Theology and Religion
Published by: Księgarnia Świętego Jacka
Keywords: martyrology of clergy; persecution of Church; Zaolzie; World War II; concentration camp; prison

Summary/Abstract: In Martyrology of Polish clergy under German occupation in the years 1939-1945, in the part devoted to the Diocese of Katowice, a group of priests from Zaolzie can be found. The reason for this lies in the fact that in 1938 a fragment of lands beyond the Olza River became a part of the Diocese of Katowice. During the Second World War this territory was marked by severe repressions of Polish Catholic clergy. Many priests were put in concentration camps and prisons; a few of them were murdered; still others died after the release as a result of hard prison experiences. It was their admitting the Polish identity and faithful standing by the Church that condemned them to prison or concentration camps. The list of clergy from Zaolzie is supplemented with a register of the Polish priests persecuted by Germans in the years 1939-1945.

  • Issue Year: 48/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 61-86
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Polish