Under the direction of Hitler, the German Socialists set about the tactical extermination of the Polish race (almost 90% Catholic), after invading Poland.
Father Antoni Beszta-Borowski was warned that the Germans had moved into the Białystok region and were beginning to liquidate Poles, in what would be a mass execution of 2,000 over a two-day period that would be remembered as Black July 1943.
But he refused to leave his parishioners. At 4 in the morning, the Gestapo forced their way into the rectory, pulled the priest out of his bed, and arrested him.
Gathered with others who had also been arrested, Father Beszta-Borowski began hearing confessions. Furious, the Germans smashed him in the face and loaded him onto a truck, which drove to Pilicki Forest, where a pit was dug.
In his hands, Father Beszta-Borowski held a rosary and a breviary and listened to the confessions of his fellow condemned Catholics, praying with them and preparing them for death, as the Germans ordered them to remove their coats and shoes and walk over to the pit.
There, in the forest, in the morning of July 15, 1943, Father Antoni Beszta-Borowski, the Catholic pastor was executed by gunfire along with his sheep, whom he refused to abandon.
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