After Hitler's death troops stormed into Poland, on September 1, 1939, then began the persecution and extermination of Catholic Poles, who made up nearly 90% of the population.
Hitler, a Socialist, ordered the extermination of "racial" Poles for two reasons:
1. Catholicism was (and still is) morally and ethically opposed to Socialism; and
2. To make room for those Germans whom Hitler planned to move in and take over the land, to fulfill his Lebensraum plan.
Bishop Antoni Julian Nowowiejski, the bishop of Płock (renamed Schröttersburg during the occupation), was arrested on February 28, 1940.
Given the opportunity to escape, he refused, reasoning,
"How can a pastor abandon his sheep?"
When guards ordered him to stomp on his pectoral cross, the bishop refused and was subsequently tortured.
First in Słuck prison and then in Działdowo extermination camp, for three months, he endured torture at the hands of the sadistic Socialist guards.
On May 28, 1941, he died, at the age of 83, in Działdowo, from torture and from hunger, but still loyal to Christ and to Pope.
VIVA CRISTO REY! Niech żyje Chrystus Król!
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