After Hitler's death troops stormed into Poland, on September 1, 1939, sparking World War II, it wasn't long before the German Socialists put into action their plans of eliminating non-German Poles (nearly 90% were Catholic) to make room for the Germans to take over land and possessions.
In one of their sweeps, the Gestapo arrested Bishop Władysław Goral, at noon on November 17, 1939, in Lublin, as part of the Sonderaktion Lublin, the program to eliminate from Lublin the intellectual elite, those who influenced society, especially Catholics, considered political enemies who were morally and ethically opposed to Socialism.
Shipped to Sachsenhausen extermination camp on December 4, 1940, Bishop Goral was placed in solitary confinement in cell number 11, in a concrete bunker in the Zellenbau sub-camp. First he received prisoner number 5605, and then in 1943, he received the number 13981.
His body was never found, and the date of his death is uncertain, but it is believed that he was executed by gunshot.
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