Maximilian Kolbe – a real polish hero

Maximilian Kolbe (*1894) was a Polish catholic priest and a Franciscan monk. During the Nazi occupation of Poland he was residing in the friary at Niepokalanow, the “City of the Immaculata.” There he was offering a hiding place for the Polish and Jewish refugees.

In 1941 he was arrested by Gestapo for hiding Jewish people

But that’s not why he is a hero.

Only 5 months after his arrest a group of prisoners escaped from the camp.

the Deputy Commander of Auschwitz
ordered 10 men to be starved to death.

When one of the selected men Franciszek Gajowniczek cried: “My wife! My children!”, father Kolbe volunteered to go instead of him. The deputy commander was surprised but he approved the exchange.

Maximilian Kolbe didn’t survive, but Franciszek Gajowniczek did.

And that’s why Maximilian Kolbe is a real hero.

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