January 25, 2019

⛪ Blessed Antoni Swiadek - Martyr

Blessed Antoni Swiadek,
Pray For Us !
⛪ Saint of the Day : January 25

⛪ Memorial :
• 25 January • 12 June as one of the 108 Polish Martyrs of World War II

⛪ Born :
• 27 March 1909 in Pobiedziska,  Wielkopolskie, Poland

⛪ Died :
• Tortured to death on 25 January 1945  at the Dachau concentration camp, Oberbayern, Germany

Anthony (Antoni) Świadek (1909-1945) was born on 27 March in Pobiedziska (the Greater Poland region). Upon graduating from the Seminary in Poznań, he took holy orders in June 1933. After the outbreak of the II World War, he came forward to serve as a military chaplain to one of Polish units. For some time he worked in a hospital for Polish POWs. Having returned to Bydgoszcz, he went on serving as a pastor. In the summer of 1942, due to denunciation, he got arrested by the Gestapo and was sent to a prison in Bydgoszcz. Forced to overwork, he developed a hernia. In October 1942 he was taken to the concentration camp in Dachau. Shortly after arrival, he came down with typhoid, He managed to recover thanks to the packages from the outside. At the end of 1944, however, he fell ill again. He was placed in the sick room, where he died on 25 January 1945.

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