After the Nazis and Soviets invaded Poland, in September 1939, a revolutionary committee in the border village of Kołki, who welcomed the invading Soviets, stepped forward and ordered that the ethnic Catholic Poles surrender their weapons. After refusing, several were executed, including Seminarian Wladyslaw Burzynski and his blood brother, Miechyslav, on September 18, 1939.
After the Bolsheviks took over Russia, Roman Catholic Polish priest Father Konstanty Romuald Budkiewicz -- living in Saint Petersburg, shepherding to the Polish community -- conducted non-violence resistance against the atheist, anti-Catholic movement in the Communist nation. He was arrested, on March 13, 1923, along with Archbishop Jan Cieplak.
Charged with attempting to organize a conspiracy to overthrow the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, being a secret agent for a foreign country, and transgressing of state–church separation laws, Father Budkiewicz was senteneced to death after a show trial.
In the early-morning hours of April 1, 1923, between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, Father Budkiewicz was executed, shot from behind, as he stepped down into the cellars of the Lubianka Prison.
After the 1939 invasion of Poland by Socialist forces -- the Nazis and Soviets -- Seminarian Jan Brzozowski relocated to the headquarters of the Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel, in Sturga. When expelled, he found sanctuary in Warsaw's theological seminary building, until the Germans forced him to the Pruszków transit camp, where they executed him along with Seminarian Edward Kosztyła and religious Brother Joseph Cisek, on August 9, 1944.
Accused of spreading religious propaganda, including baptizing children, Father Mateusz Bryńczak was arrested by the Soviets. Tried in a secret, speedy trial by a troika (triad) of the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD, predecessor to the KGB), the Catholic Polish priest was banished to eastern Siberia, afterwhich, he perished on April 28, 1936.
During the Soviet winter offensive, the Communists captured the Polish village of Zimnice Wielkie. On January 27, 1945, Red Army soliders stormed into the parish rectory. Before lighting the Catholic church and rectory on fire, they cut off the head of priest Father Karol Brommer, placed it on the end of a pike and paraded around with it.
After the post-World War II subjugation of Poland by the Soviet Union, Communist authorities arrested Father Jan Kazimierz Borysiuk, because he was a Catholic priest. Sentenced to 10 years in a gulag: a Soviet slave labor camp, mostly for political prisoners, which is what Father Borysiuk was because of his Faith. First transported to SibLag (Siberian Gulag, one of the largest), he was transferred to OmLag (Omsk Gulag), where he perished, in 1953.
After the subjugation of Lithuania by the USSR, Bishop Wincenty Borysewicz was arrested by the Soviets on February 5, 1946, and held in Vilnius prison. Interrogated and tortured, because he was a Catholic bishop, he was accused of "treason of the homeland, collaboration with anti-Soviet partisans, anti-Soviet activities and propaganda." Sentenced to death, he was executed, on November 11, 1946, in Vilnius Prison and dumped in a mass grave.
Having escaped from Poland when invaded by Nazis and Soviets in September 1939, Father Henryk Borynski settled in England, where he ministered to Polish refugees and emigrants. Vehemently anti-Communist, he mysteriously disappeared on the night of July 13, 1953 and was never seen again. Socialist-Communist party hitmen were suspected murderers.
From the #AngelicDoctor...
"All the creatures of God in some respects continue for ever, at least as to matter, since what is created will never be annihilated, even though it be corruptible...For corruptible creatures endure for ever as regards their matter, though they change as regards their substantial form."
-- #SaintThomasAquinas (1225-74)