After Hitler's troops invaded Poland, on September 1, 1939, sparking World War II, Father Franciszek Styra famously predicted that Germany would lose when he said, "I will not be there, it will not be Germany, it will be Poland."
Father Styra was arrested by the German Socialist secret police, the Gestapo, on April 15, 1941. He was accused of lending a typewriter to print anti-German leaflets.
First jailed in Rybnik detention center, he was shipped to Auschwitz, on July 17, 1941, where he received Number 18176. Beaten by a Socialist guard, his leg was operated on, but gangrene set in, and he perished on October 10, 1941.
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