Hitler's death troops stormed into Poland, on September 1, 1939, igniting World War II and the persecution of Catholics, who made up nearly 90% of Poland's population.
In an attempt to eliminate Catholics, the political enemies of the German Socialists, Hitler's Gestapo targeted Catholic priests, the intellectual elite, who were morally and ethically opposed to Socialism and who had influential sway over their parishioners.
Father Aleksy Sobaszek was celebrating a funeral Mass on November 6, 1941, when the Gestapo stood at the entrance of the church doors. Even though some fled from the church, Father Sobaszek continued with the Mass until the Gestaop stopped him.
"So much the Lord Jesus suffered on the cross, we must also suffer a little," Father Sobaszek said to those gathered, as the Gestapo handcuffed and shackled him.
Locked up in Poznań concentration camp, he was soon shipped to Dachau extermination camp, where he received the number 28086 and was placed in the Priest Block with other political enemies of the German Socialists.
Father Sobaszek died November 1, 1942, All Saints' Day.
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