Albert Willimsky

Albert Willimsky (29 December 189022 February 1940) was a German Roman Catholic priest active in resistance movement against the National Socialism, martyred in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.


Willimsky was born in 1890 in Oberglogau (now Głogówek) in Prussian Silesia. After he finished secondary school, he started his theological studies at the Breslau University. During the World War I, he decided to suspend his studies to work as a medic and later, as a radio-telegraphist. He was ordained as a priest on 22 June 1919 at the cathedral of Breslau Diocese, and became a vicar in Bytom.

In 1933, while he was a provost in Friesack (Havelland district), he openly criticized Nazism, and because of that he fell into conflict with local authorities. In March 1935 he had to leave this parish and became a provost in Gransee. In October 1938, he was arrested for the first time by the Gestapo. He was freed on 1 May 1939 and in July of the same year he became a provost in Podjuchy – which was at the time the only Roman Catholic parish in Stettin (now Szczecin). Here he encountered maltreatment of Polish forced labourers working in extremely difficult conditions. His further criticism of Nazism and protection of the Polish labourers led to his denunciation in January 1940, when he was arrested for the second time and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg. He died several weeks later.



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