108 Martyrs of World War II

Also known as

  • Polish Martyrs
  • 108 Polish Martyrs of the Nazis
  • 108 Blessed Polish Martyrs


  • 12 June
  • individuals have separate memorials


A group of Polish Christians murdered for their faith by the Nazis during World War II.

  • Adalbert Nierychlewski
  • Adam Bargielski
  • Aleksy Sobaszek
  • Alfons Maria Mazurek
  • Alicja Maria Jadwiga Kotowska
  • Alojzy Liguda
  • Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz
  • Anicet Koplinski
  • Antoni Beszta-Borowski
  • Antoni Julian Nowowiejski
  • Antoni Leszczewicz
  • Antoni Rewera
  • Antoni Swiadek
  • Antoni Zawistowski, priest (1882-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Bogumila Noiszewska
  • Boleslas Strzelecki
  • Boniface Zukowski
  • Bronislaw Komorowski, priest (1889-22.3.1940 KL Stutthof)
  • Bronislaw Kostkowski
  • Brunon Zembol
  • Czeslaw Jozwiak (1919-1942 guillotined in a prison in Dresden)
  • Dominik Jedrzejewski, priest (1886-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Edward Detkens, priest (1885-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Edward Grzymala, priest (1906-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Edward Kazmierski (1919-1942 guillotined in a prison in Dresden)
  • Edward Klinik (1919-1942 guillotined in a prison in Dresden)
  • Emil Szramek
  • Fidelis Chojnacki
  • Florian Stepniak, friar, priest (1912-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Franciszek Dachtera, priest (1910-23.8.1942 KL Dachau)
  • Franciszek Drzewiecki, friar, priest (1908-1942 KL Dachau); (1908-1942), a Son of Divine Providence (Don Orione), from Zduny, he was condemned to heavy work in the plantation of Dachau. While he was bending over tilling the soil, he adored the consecrated hosts kept in a small box in front of him. While he was going to the gas-chamber, he encourage his companions, saying “We offer our life for God, for the Church and for our Country”
  • Franciszek Kesy (1920-1942 guillotined in a prison in Dresden)
  • Francis Rogaczewski
  • Franciszek Roslaniec, priest (1889-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Franciszek Stryjas, father of a family, (1882-31.7.1944 prison in Kalisz)
  • Grzegorz Boleslaw Frackowiak
  • Henryk Hlebowicz, priest (1904-1941 shot in Borysewo)
  • Henryk Kaczorowski
  • Henryk Krzysztofik, friar, priest (1908-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Hilary Pawel Januszewski, friar, priest (1907-1945 KL Dachau); (1909-1945), a Carmelite who managed to survive in the camp of Dachau and go free. Then in Feburary 1942, in the lager typhoid spread, he offered himself freely to serve those who were dying in an isolated make-shift building because, as he used to say, he was more needed there. He contracted typhoid and died there
  • Jan Antonin Bajewski, friar, priest (1915-1941 KL Auschwitz); Franciscans of Niepokalanow. These were the closest collaborators of St Maximilian Kolbe in the fight for God’s cause and together suffered and helped each other spiritually in their offering their lives at Auschwitz
  • Jan Nepomucen Chrzan
  • Jarogniew Wojciechowski (1922-1942 guillotined in a prison in Dresden)
  • Jerzy Kaszyra, friar,priest (1910-1943, burnt to death in Rosica)
  • Jozef Achilles Puchala, friar, priest (1911-1943)
  • Józef Cebula
  • Jozef Czempiel, priest (1883-1942 KL Mauthausen)
  • Jozef Innocenty Guz, friar, priest (1890-1940 KL Sachsenhausen)
  • Jozef Jankowski, friar,priest, (1910 born in Czyczkowy near Brusy-16.10.1941, died in German death camp Auschwitz beaten by kapo)
  • Jozef Kowalski
  • Jozef Kurzawa, priest (1910-1940)
  • Jozef Kut, priest (1905-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Józef Pawlowski
  • Jozef Stanek, friar, priest (1916-23.9.1944, mudered in Warsaw after tortures by Germans in Warsaw)
  • Jozef Straszewski, priest (1885-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Jozef Zaplata, friar (1904-1945 KL Dachau)
  • Julia Rodzinska, sister (1899-20.2.1945 died in German death camp Stutthof); (1899-1945), a Dominican, she died in the extermination camp of Stuthoff, having contract typhoid serving the Jewish women prisoners in a hut for which she had volunteered
  • Karol Herman Stepien, friar, priest (1910-1943)
  • Katarzyna Celestyna Faron, sister (1913-1944 KL Auschwitz); (1913-1944), had offered her life for the conversion of a priest. She was arrested by the Gestapo and condemned in Auschwitz camp. She put heroically with all the abuses of the camp and died on Easter Sunday 1944. That priest was converted and he was instrumental in bringing back another priest
  • Kazimiera Wolowska
  • Kazimierz Gostynski
  • Kazimierz Grelewski
  • Kazimierz Sykulski, priest (1882-1942 KL Auschwitz)
  • Krystyn Gondek, friar, priest (1909-1942)
  • Leon Nowakowski
  • Leon Wetmanski(1886-1941, German death camp Dzialdowo), bishop
  • Ludwik Gietyngier
  • Ludwik Mzyk
  • Ludwik Pius Bartosik, friar, priest (1909-1941 KL Auschwitz); Franciscans of Niepokalanow. These were the closest collaborators of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in the fight for God’s cause and together suffered and helped each other spiritually in their offering their lives at Auschwitz
  • Maksymilian Binkiewicz, priest (1913-24.7.1942, beaten died in German death camp Dachau)
  • Marcin Oprzadek, friar (1884-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Maria Antonina Kratochwil, sister (1881-1942)
  • Maria Klemensa Staszewska, sister (1890-1943 KL Auschwitz)
  • Marian Gorecki, priest (1903-22.3.1940 KL Stutthof)
  • Marian Konopinski, priest (1907-1.1.1943 KL Dachau)
  • Marian Skrzypczak, priest (1909-1939 shot in Plonkowo)
  • Marianna Biernacka (1888-1943) that offered her life for her unborn grand child and was executed instead of it on July 13th, 1943
  • Michal Czartoryski, friar, priest (1897-1944)
  • Michal Ozieblowski, priest (1900-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Michal Piaszczynski
  • Michal Wozniak, priest (1875-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Mieczyslaw Bohatkiewicz, priest (1904-4.3.1942 shot in Berezwecz)
  • Mieczyslawa Kowalska, siter (1902-1941 KL Dzialdowo)
  • Narcyz Putz
  • Narcyz Turchan, friar, priest (1879-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Natalia Tulasiewicz (1906-31.3.1945 died in German death camp Ravensbrück, in a gas chamber), a teacher; How can we fail to mention a teacher from Poznan, NATALIA TULASIEWICZ (1906-1945), who was a leader in the apostolate of lay people. During the occupation, she volunteered to leave for the Third Reich together with of ther women condemned to do heavy work in order to give them spiritual comfort. When the Gestapo found out, she was arrested, tortured and humiliated in public and was condemned to death in the Rawensbruck camp. On Good Friday, with the strength that was still in her, she climbed a stool in the hut and gave a talk to the prisoners on the passion and resurrection of Jesus. Two days later, they brought her to die in a gas-chamber
  • Piotr Edward Dankowski, priest (1908-3.4.1942 KL Auschwitz)
  • Roman Archutowski, priest (1882-1943 KL Majdanek)
  • Roman Sitko, priest (1880-1942 KL Auschwitz)
  • Stanislaw Kubista
  • Stanislaw Kubski, friar, priest (1876-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Stanislaw Mysakowski, priest (1896-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Stanislaw Pyrtek, priest (1913-4.3.1942 shot in Berezwecz)
  • Stanislaw Starowieyski, father of a family (1895-13.4.1940/1 KL Dachau)
  • Stanislaw Tymoteusz Trojanowski, friar (1908-1942 KL Auschwitz)
  • Stefan Grelewski, priest (1899-1941 KL Dachau)
  • Symforian Ducki, friar (1888-1942 KL Auschwiitz)
  • Tadeusz Dulny, alumnus (1914-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Wincenty Matuszewski, priest (1869-1940)
  • Wladyslaw Bladzinski, friar, priest (1908-1944)
  • Wladyslaw Demski, priest (1884-28.5.1940, German death camp Sachsenhausen)
  • Wladyslaw Goral,(1898-1945 KL Sachsenhausen), bishop
  • Wladyslaw Mackowiak, priest (1910-4.3.1942 shot in Berezwecz)
  • Wladyslaw Maczkowski, priest (1911-20.8.1942 KL Dachau)
  • Wladyslaw Miegon, priest, commandor leutnant (1892-1942 KL Dachau)
  • Wlodzimierz Laskowski, priest (1886-1940 KL Gusen)
  • Zygmunt Pisarski, priest (1902-1943)
  • Zygmunt Sajna, priest (1897-1940 prison Palmiry)




  • if you have information relevant to the canonization of any of the above listed Beati, contact
       Rev. Tomasz Kaczmarek
       Postulacja Generalna Procesu Meczenników Kosciola w Polsce
       ul. Karnkowskiego 3
       87-800 Wloclawek, POLAND
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “108 Martyrs of World War II“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 April 2009. Web. 27 March 2015. <>