Days after Hitler's death troops stormed into Poland, on September 1, 1939, the German Socialists took control of Płock, on September 9 , 1939, and incorporated the city into the Third Reich in the section named East Prussia.
After the invasion of Poland, Hitler planned to exterminate "racial" Poles (nearly 90% were Catholic) 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 Leon Wetmański, auxiliary bishop of Płock, was swept up by the Gestapo and internned in Słupno, on February 28, 1940.
On August 7, 1941, the bishop was arrested and transported to a prison in Płock and then, to his final destination, shipped to Soldau extermination camp in Działdowo, where he was placed in cell number 12, along with other priests.
In addition to starvation rations, limited access to the latrines and countless humiliations, Bishop Leon Wetmański suffered constant beatings and sophisticated torture. One day, taken to a basement, when he refused to trample on and desecrate a cross, he was severely beaten.
Although his body was never found, camp records reveal that his death occurred on October 10, 1941, cause unknown, but it is believed that he was taken to the the forest in Białuty and executed, still loyal to Christ and to Pope.
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