Maximillian Kolbe

Maximillian Kolbe

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  • It is said that whilst in the bunker, Maximillian told the pepole prayers and and sang to Mary. After two long weeks nearly all of the prisoners had died of starvation except for Maximillian. Because the guards wanted to get rid all of the dead body's from the cell, they gave Maximillian an injection that killed him.
  • After being released, Polish and Jewish refuge's came to Maximillian and sought sanctuary. He helped clothe, hide and feed around about 3,000 people
  • In July 1941, three prisoners escaped from the concentration camp. As punishment for this, the commander senteced ten people to death by putting them in a dungeon and killing them of dehydration and starvation. One of the men that was sentenced called Franciszek Gajowniczek heard that he was called and shouted out " My Wife, My children." after Maximillian heard this offered to take his place.
  • On 17th of Febraury 1941, he was arrested by the Gastapo for hiding Jews. He was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and branded prisoner #16670.
  • Whilst in the camp, he got sent to work camp. Here he was forced to carry large rocks. It is reported that during this Maximillian didnt complain once.
  • In 1981 Pope John II Cannoised him as a martry. He was made a martry because he died for his religion and was selfless.
  • Maximillian did not die but gave up his life... for his brother.
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