Biography of Henryk Szykier

Born into a worker’s family in St. Petersburg in 1906. Until 1918 he studied at a gymnasium in Petrograd; later worked as an office clerk at a manual labor trade school in Sebezh, Vitebsk province. In 1920 he returned to Petrograd; finished school in 1925 and graduated from a technical institute in 1929. From 1929 he worked as a senior construction technician at a trust and was a parishioner at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From January 1929 he attended courses on Polish literature in the parish young people’s club. May 14, 1930 – arrested in a case against Catholic clergy as a “participant in an illegal Polish nationalistic-chauvinistic Catholic youth organization” (Malecki et al.). April 2, 1930 – released from custody and his file was closed. In 1935 he was arrested again in Leningrad and sentenced to prison camp. Sent to Belbaltlag (Medvezhia Gora Station and Tulom); released from camp in 1942 and banished to the Northern Territory. In 1959 he and his family returned to Leningrad. In 1960 he returned to work at places of exile. November 19, 1993 – died in Moscow. Sources: Investigatory Matter A.I. Malecki et al., Archive of the Directorate, FSB, Leningrad oblast; Shkarovskii, p. 287
Variant Names:
Szykier, Henryk; Shiker, Genrikh Kaetanovich (Konstantinovich); Shikker, Genrikh Kaetanovich
Saint Petersburg (Russia); Vitsebsk (Belarus); Severnyĭ kraĭ (R.S.F.S.R.); Moscow (Russia)
male; laity; survived