After Hitler's death troops invaded Poland, on September 1, 1939, the Polish were terrorized by the brutality of the Socialists, in whose society lawlessness was the law.
On July 31, 1943, the local Gestapo ordered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, in the town of Nowogródek, to report to the police station.
Held overnight, the next morning, August 1, 1943, the Gestapo ordered the 11 nuns into a van, and they were driven to a secluded area of the woods, about 3 miles from Nowogródek.
With machine guns, the Socialist soldiers executed the women, who were then dumped in a common grave.
One nun, Sister Malgorzata Banas, who had remained at the convent, eventually found the grave and secretly tended to it until her death, in 1966.
Adelaide Mardosewicz, Sister M. Stella of the Blessed Sacrament, C.S.F.N., Superior
Jadwiga Karolina Żak, Sister M. Imelda of the Eucharistic Jesus, C.S.F.N.
Anna Kokołowicz, Sister M. Rajmunda of Jesus, C.S.F.N.
Eleonora Aniela Jóźwik, Sister M. Daniela of Jesus, C.S.F.N.
Józefa Chrobot, Sister M. Kanuta of the Agonized Jesus in the Garden, C.S.F.N.
Helena Cierpka, Sister M. Gwidona of Divine Mercy, C.S.F.N.
Julia Rapiej, Sister M. Sergia of Our Lady of Sorrows, C.S.F.N.
Eugenia Mackiewicz, Sister M. Kanizja, C.S.F.N.
Paulina Borowik, Sister M. Felicyta, C.S.F.N.
Leokadia Matuszewska, Sister M. Heliodora, C.S.F.N.
Veronika Narmontowicz, Sister M. Boromea, C.S.F.N.
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