Biography of Father Frantz Rauh

Born into a peasant family in the German colony of Rothammel [Pamiatnoye] on the Lower Volga, in 1886. Graduated from Saratov Seminary and was ordained for the Diocese of Tiraspol in 1911. From 1911 he was a religion teacher in a village school outside Nikolayevsk; from 1913 he was vicar of the parish in Katharinenstadt; from 1913, at St. Rochus parish in Marienfeld; from 1918, in Josefstal; from 1923, in Rathammel. April 8, 1930 – arrested in a case against German Catholic clergy. April 20, 1931 – sentenced to death under Articles 58-2, -4, -6, -10 and -11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR, commuted to ten years in corrective labor camp [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp. In 1937 he was transferred to the prison block. October 14, 1937 – sentenced to death [Special Troika, NKVD, Leningrad oblast]. November 1, 1937 – shot, in Sandormokh, outside Medvezhegorsk. Source: Archive of the Directorate, FSB, Arkhangelsk oblast; GARF, op. 8409, op. 1, d. 835, l. 27; Sandormokh Memorial Cemetery, p. 53; Osipova (1996), p. 193; Protocols of Sessions of Special Troika, NKVD Directorate, Leningrad oblast; Investigatory Matter 95215, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Dzwonkowski, pp. 404-405
Variant Names:
Rauh, Frantz; Rau, Frant︠s︡ Petrovich
Saratov (Russia); Tiraspol (Moldova); Marienfeld (Moldova)
male; clergy and religious; executed