Recently I came across this video. Though I already knew about this fact, the photos and documents, showing the ordeal the martyred priests had to endure, shocked me.
One thought occurs to me: whosoever denies the terror of Hitler’s regime, he is also acting against the real spirit of Catholicism. How can anyone who claims to be Catholic deny the Shoah, or deny the existence of the Gas Chambers, when his own co-religious endured the same fate as those Jews whom the Nazis massacred?
For those New Atheists who try to conflate Nazism with Catholicism, (because Hitler used some seemingly Christian phrases in his speeches to mobilize the masses), this video will teach them a lesson, if they still have a conscience:
The description of the video (from googlevideo):
Time of An Ordeal: The Story of Polish Clergy Imprisoned and Killed at Dachau. Half of the Polish priests imprisoned by the Nazi’s died at the Dachau concentration camp. The death of more than 2,000 Polish clergy, including five bishops, at the start of World War II seems to be forgotten by many history books, says a survivor of Dachau. Kazimierz Majdanski, now archbishop emeritus of Warsaw, was arrested Nov. 7, 1939, by the Nazis, when he was in the seminary of Wloclawek. He was arrested with other students and professors, and taken first to Sachsenhausen concentration camp and later to Dachau. In Dachau, he was subjected to pseudoscientific criminal experiments.
Archbishop Majdanski: ‘Half of the Polish priests died who were imprisoned in Dachau. I saw so many priests die in a heroic way. All of them were faithful to Christ who said to his disciples: “You will be my witnesses.” They died as Catholic priests and Polish patriots. Some of them could have saved themselves, but none of them lowered themselves to such pacts. In 1942 the authorities of the camp offered Polish priests the possibility of special treatment, on the condition of declaring that they belonged to the German nation. No one came forward. When Father Dominik Jedrzejewski was offered his freedom on the condition that he give up his priestly functions, he calmly answered “no,” and died. The martyrdom of the Polish clergy during the Nazi inferno was a glorious page of the history of the Church and of Poland. It is too bad that it has been covered by a veil of silence.’