German Socialists invaded Poland, on September 1, 1939. Troops of the 2nd Light Division, commanded by General Georg Strumme, stormed into Lelów and gathered in a Catholic churchyard.
There, the commanding officer ordered a local Catholic, Mister Ignacy Trenda, to gather straw from a nearby barn and to place it under a crucifix in the vestibule, to set the church ablaze.
Under threat of death, Ignacy refused and was shot in the stomach, which he grabbed before he was fatally shot in the head, on September 4, 1939.
"Jesus, my love, I would not set you on fire," were his final words.
The church was set on fire and destroyed. However, the crucifix miraculously survived the fire, with only the paint slightly blistered, and was placed on the main altar of a nearby chapel.
VIVA CRISTO REY! Niech żyje Chrystus Król!