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Camilla Nikolaevna Kruczelnicka

Camilla Nikolaevna Kruszelnicka was born in 1892 in Baranovichi. She finished the lycee and studied at the university in Moscow. While she was living there she kept in contact with the prioress of the community of Dominican tertiaries, Mother Catherine Abrikosova. At the beginning of the thirties, during a period of religious persecution, a group of young people met at Kruszelnicka's apartment, in order to discuss religious topics. Camilla Nikolaevna was arrested in 1933 under a false accusation, and subsequently sentenced to ten years in the camps. She was sent to the Solovki camp. In the camp she married a man whom she hoped to convert, but he turned out to be an informant for the camp administrators. In 1937 Kruszelnicka was transferred to a stricter regime area within the camp. On the 27th of October1937, she was shot at Sandomokh, an isolated area in a swamp in Karelia, near Medvezhegorsk.

Camilla Kruszelnicka had the conviction that she was suffering for the faith. She also attempted, while she was in the camp, to maintain links to the Catholic priests who were there, keeping strong in her faith and trying to bear witness to it for others. Under these inhuman camp conditions she kept her human feeling and her love of neighbour.


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