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The plan was for the SS, dressed in Polish uniforms, to attack a German radio station on the Polish border. To make the whole thing authentic, they would need German “casualties.” They decided to use concentration camp inmates, whom they vilely referred to as Konserve (canned goods). These victims of Germany would be dressed as Germans soldiers. In the end only one man was murdered for this purpose, via lethal injection, and afterward shot several times to give the appearance that he had been killed by Polish soldiers. 

The deliberate murder of a human being for the purpose of deceiving the world seems a perfectly fitting inaugural act for what was to follow. This took place on schedule, August 31 (1939).

In “retaliation,” German troops marched into Poland at dawn on September 1.

(Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, 347).

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