The death troops of Hitler, a Socialist, stormed into Poland, on September 1, 1939, and began its planned program to "Germanize" the area and to exterminate racial Poles, almost 90% Catholic.
"We have to eliminate the lice-ridden Poles, starting with those in the cradle. In your hands I give the fate of the Poles; you can do with them what you want," declared Socialist Albert Forster, the head of the Reichsgau Danzig-West Prussia.
The crowd of ethnic Germans before him chanted, "Kill the Polish dogs!" and "Death to the Poles!"
Father Antoni Świadek, a Polish priest from Bydgoszcz -- a city in the district under Albert Forster -- avoided arrest until the summer of 1942, when it was reported to authorities that he had heard a confession in Polish.
Imprisoned in a Bydgoszcz prison, he was treated brutally. And then on October 7, 1942, Father Świadek was shipped to Dachau, where he received Number 37193, painted on a triangular patch worn on camp clothing. Placed in the Priest Block, he endured beatings, starvation, exhaustion and disease. He contracted typhus, transmited from fleas and lice.
Only months before the surrender of the German Socialists, Father Świadek died, on January 26, 1945.
VIVA CRISTO REY! Niech żyje Chrystus Król!