a history of enduring horror and sorrow. The
charred skeletons, the diabolic experiments, the death
camps, the mass graves, the smoke from the chimneys ...
Auschwitz became the killing centre during WWII where the largest numbers of
the Jews were
Christian man who died here became a martyr to the truth
of evils of Nazism - a true hero for our time, a saint
who lived what he preached, total love toward God and
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as
prisoner 16670 in Auschwitz,
on August 14, 1941. When a prisoner escaped from the
camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by
starvation in reprisal for the escape.
One of the 10
selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry:
"My wife! My children! I will never see them again!"
At this Father Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in
his place - his request was granted.
As the ten condemned men were led off to the death Block
of Building 13, Father Kolbe supported a fellow prisoner
who could hardly walk. No one would emerge alive -
Father Kolbe was the last to die ..
This is his story.
- Louis Bülow