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Pastor Manitius was born February 7, 1880, in Konstanyow near Łodz in Poland. In 1924 Pastor Manitius moved to Poznań, where he eventually became bishop of the Poznań-Pomeranian District of the Augsburgian (Lutheran)-Evangelical Church. Already marked as an enemy by the Nazis, he was arrested by the Gestapo on October 9, 1939, barely a month after World War II had begun. He was subsequently murdered by them during the night of either January 28 or 29, 1940.

Excerpt from full article by Tom Imhoof