Biography of Maria Koszko

Born into a peasant family in the village of Sivashevo, Polatsk district, Vitebsk province, in 1877. Graduated from the village school. Lived in Leningrad and belonged to St. Catherine parish. In 1920 she became a Third Order Franciscan. In January 1927 she was arrested in Leningrad but soon released. From March 1942 she worked as a janitress. She assisted Fr. Paweƚ Chomicz, who was illegally living in Leningrad, with groceries and things. She attended clandestine Masses said by Fr. Paweƚ in parishioners’ apartments. July 13, 1942 – arrested in connection with the case against Fr. Paweƚ Chomicz and others. Accused of “organizing an underground church, where secret worship services were held and damaging, anti-Soviet agitation was expressed.” September 1, 1942 – sentenced (at age 65) under Articles 58-10 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years in corrective labor camps [Military Tribunal, NKVD, Leningrad Military District]. Sent to the camps. Fate thereafter unknown. Sources: Investigatory Matter P-83605, Archive of the Directorate of the FSB, Russian Federation for St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Shkarovskii, p. 266
Variant Names:
Konto, Maria; Koszko, Maria
Vitsebsk (Belarus); Saint Petersburg (Russia)
female; clergy and religious; fate unknown