Biography of Father Julian Cimaszkiewicz

Born in 1890 in Bernishki, Vitebsk province. In 1915 he graduated from the law department of St. Petersburg University. Served in the management of the Polesska Railroad; from 1919 he worked at the People’s Commissariat of Communications in Moscow. He secretly prepared to become a priest, and on November 25, 1925, he was ordained by Bishop Anton Zerr in a German colony outside Odessa. From 1926 he served in Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Moscow, where he was arrested June 23, 1927, on charges of “anti-Soviet agitation and teaching religion to under-age children and minors.” November 18, 1927 – sentenced under Articles 58-6 and 122 of the Criminal Code of the of the RSFSR to eight years in corrective labor camp “without amnesty” [Special Board, OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp; transported to Butyrka Prison in Moscow in 1928 and released to Poland as part of a prisoner exchange. From 1930 he taught in Lublin Missionary Institute, founded by Archbishop Edward von Ropp; from 1936 he was administrator of the parish in Baturyn, Vilnius deanery; from 1938, in the parish in Vishnyeva, same deanery, and remained there after the annexation of Lithuania to the USSR. March 9, 1941 – arrested. June 26, 1941 – with the retreat of the Red Army, Fr. Julian was brutally tortured to death in the prison in Vileyka. Sources: Dzwonkowski, pp. 198-199; Madaƚa, p. 40; Osipova (1996), p. 209; list compiled by R. Dzwonkowski, SAC; Shkarovskii, p. 244
Variant Names:
Cimaszkiewicz, Julian; T︠S︡imashkevich, I︠U︡lian Aleksandrovich
Bernishki (Vitsebsk, Belarus); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Moscow (Russia); Baturyn (Ukraine); Lublin (Poland); Vileĭka (Minskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
male; clergy and religious; died in prison