On 31 August 1939 was the target of a transmitter Gliwice sham attack. Hitler said in his speech  1 September 1939 but not specifically about it, but generally of 14 border incidents that had occurred at night .
created between March and July 1944 in Gliwice, four sub-camps of Auschwitz I. In March 1944 I Gliwice, Gliwice II in May, June and July Gliwice Gliwice IV III. On 18 January 1945 dissolved the four warehouse in Gliwice.
On 24 January 1945, the city was occupied by the Red Army. In the city, which has so far been spared major damage, by the Red Army were several buildings on fire, the building at the Ring, the City Theatre and the Upper Silesia. On 26 January 1945 appeared the last edition of the German language newspaper published in Gliwice, Upper Silesia hikers. In the city there were in January 1945 55.000 inhabitants. Between January and March 1945 the Red Army soldiers murdered between 1500-3000 Gliwice civilians, among them was the sculptor Hanns Breitenbach. Between February and March 1945, thousands of people were transported to forced labor in the Soviet Union. (Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliwice)