1 September – Nazi Germany attacks Poland. The outbreak of World War II.
End 1939 – Resulting from the mass arrests of Poles and prisons becoming overcrowded in Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Dąbrowskie the Higher Office of the SS and Police Commander in Wrocław decides to draw up a project of a concentration camp for Poles.
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