German Socialists arrested Father Władysław Demski with 33 other Inowrocław priests, on November 2, 1939, after the men were invited by the invaders to discuss how the priests were to conduct their religious duties during the war.
The German Socialists were implementing the Intelligenzaktion, the Intelligence Action, the plan to exterminate Polish intellectuals.
Eventually shipped to Stuffhof and then Sachsenhausen, Father Demski suffered from torture, starvation, exhaustion and exposure.
One day SS guards went through his clothing and from one of the pockets fell a rosary, which the priest was ordered to stomp on.
A guard threw the rosary into the mud and ordered the priest to kiss the rosary, which he did, and as he kneeled down and leaned over, guards kicked him and beat him with a stick.
Two days later, on May 28, 1940, he perished from the injuries.
VIVA CRISTO REY! Niech żyje Chrystus Król!