Biography of Józef Mierżyński

Born into a lower middle class family in St. Petersburg in 1908. Finished high school. Lived in Leningrad, worked in a factory office; he was a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the organizer of a young people’s club for the study of Polish literature. April 4, 1930 – arrested at Leningrad-Tovarnaya Station on the Murmansk Railroad, but he managed to slip away from the police officer. May 5, 1930 – arrested and drawn into the investigation in a case against Catholic clergy (Malecki et al.). Charged with “leading an illegal Polish nationalistic, Catholic youth organization.” November 12, 1930 – presented with the indictment. November 21, 1930 – sentenced under Articles 58-3 and 58-10 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to three years in corrective labor camp [Troika, OGPU, Leningrad Military District]. Fate thereafter unknown. Sources: Investigatory Matter A.I. Maletskii et al., Archive of the Directorate, FSB, St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Shkarovskii, p. 272; Dzwonkowski, p. 357
Variant Names:
Mierżyński, Józef; Merzhinskiĭ , Iosif Iosifovich
Saint Petersburg (Russia)
male; laity; fate unknown