May, the month in which the Earth springs into bloom and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics and making holiday plans. It’s also the Month of Mary and a busy month in the Salesian calendar. We have a Novena to Mary Help of Christians, books and piety items to honour the Holy Mother.

Joseph Kowalski And the Five Salesian Oratory Martyrs

Joseph Kowalski And the Five Salesian Oratory Martyrs

Philip J Pascucci SDB


Father Joseph Kowalski and the five young men of the Salesian Oratory in Poznań, Poland, were martyred early in their lives.

Part of our Pocketbook series

Paperback portrait 105mm x 148mm

40 pp



During the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Salesians tried to continue with their education and youth work, and for this 'crime', Joseph Kowalski was detained, tortured and murdered in Auschwitz.

A month after the martyrdom of Fr Joseph Kowalski in 1942, there were five members of the Salesian Oratory of Poznań in other prison camps.

This is their story.