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Poland: Auschwitz martyr Kolbe remembered
The Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 14, 2006

Posted on 08/14/2006 11:55:37 AM PDT by lizol

Poland: Auschwitz martyr Kolbe remembered

By ASSOCIATED PRESS WARSAW, Poland

A leading Roman Catholic official led a Mass at Auschwitz on Monday to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar who gained martyrdom by volunteering to die in the place of another man at the Nazi death camp.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop of Krakow and the longtime secretary to the late Pope John Paul II, led the ceremony for the Polish friar whose action during World War II carries symbolic weight for the church and Catholic-Jewish relations.

Kolbe was sent to Auschwitz in 1941 after Nazi officials discovered he had been hiding Jews. He was executed after he volunteered to take the place of a condemned prisoner with a wife and children.

Dziwisz prayed for forgiveness for those who killed Kolbe and called on those gathered to remember his martyrdom. Kolbe was canonized by John Paul in 1982.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; catholic; kolbe; martyr; martyrdom; maximiliankolbe; poland

1 posted on 08/14/2006 11:55:40 AM PDT by lizol
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2 posted on 08/14/2006 11:58:49 AM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

A truly great saint.

As I understand it, he doesn't even get a cross marker at Auschwitz.


3 posted on 08/14/2006 11:58:59 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: The Old Hoosier

I wonder why not. =( Perhaps people forget that thousands of Christians were sent their death too.


4 posted on 08/14/2006 12:02:48 PM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: lizol

A very holy saint. It is hard to be forgiving when one ponders the magnitude of the crimes committed by the Germans. They murdered the best of a generation.


5 posted on 08/14/2006 12:04:11 PM PDT by fogofbobegabay
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To: The Old Hoosier

When I was there he did... did something change?


6 posted on 08/14/2006 12:07:05 PM PDT by RushCrush (I like pit bulls better than Democrats.)
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To: lizol

St. kolbe bump!


7 posted on 08/14/2006 12:13:17 PM PDT by Global2010 (Show me da paw Ya'll)
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To: Aggie Mama

Millions, in fact -- although not all for being Christian.


8 posted on 08/14/2006 12:21:31 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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The last picture of Franciszek Gajowniczek - the man saved by St Maximilian.
He died on March 13, 1995, at Brzeg in Poland, 95 years old - and 53 years after Kolbe had saved him. But he was never to forget the ragged monk. After his release from Auschwitz, Gajowniczek spent the next five decades paying homage to Father Kolbe, honoring the man who died on his behalf.

http://home8.inet.tele.dk/aaaa/Kolbe.htm
9 posted on 08/14/2006 12:27:01 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

If You want to see the difference between Islam and Christianity see Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar who gained martyrdom by volunteering to die in the place of another man at the Nazi death camp.If Kolbe had been an Islamic scumbag he would have volunteered to die ONLY to kill more innocent life !!!


10 posted on 08/14/2006 12:32:50 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: lizol

My RC church in PA is actually named after him. His story is truly inspiring.


11 posted on 08/14/2006 12:33:27 PM PDT by rampage8
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To: lizol

See, now THIS is a TRUE martyr.


12 posted on 08/14/2006 12:33:47 PM PDT by The Blitherer (You were given the choice between war & dishonor. You chose dishonor & you will have war. -Churchill)
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To: lizol

Prayers offered up in honor of his sacrifice.


13 posted on 08/14/2006 1:12:01 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: lizol

I disagree with a lot of Kolbe's views on Jews and capitalism, but you can't say anything bad about a man who would give his life for a stranger. It is inspirational.

Except for the motive of the switch and its effect on the survivor, this reminds me of the Anthony Hopkins movie The Tenth Man.


14 posted on 08/14/2006 1:20:16 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: lizol

great post - thank you


15 posted on 08/14/2006 1:42:47 PM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: lizol
Kolbe has faith of steel, and guts that most ma\en cannot even fathom.
16 posted on 08/14/2006 1:44:07 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: lizol

Kolbe has faith of steel, and guts that most men cannot even fathom.


17 posted on 08/14/2006 1:44:35 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: lizol
We are in need for his intercession today.

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18 posted on 08/14/2006 1:46:44 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: Salvation; NYer

Ping!


19 posted on 08/14/2006 1:52:01 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Love is the fusion of two souls in one in order to bring about mutual perfection." -S. Terese Andes)
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To: The Old Hoosier
As I understand it, he doesn't even get a cross marker at Auschwitz.

I don't know about the cross marker, but there's a noteworthy shrine devoted to him in the cell where he died--at least there was in '99 when I visited Auschwitz.

20 posted on 08/14/2006 2:30:19 PM PDT by ishmac
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To: The Old Hoosier; Aggie Mama

His body was burned.


21 posted on 08/14/2006 4:38:35 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Aggie Mama; The Old Hoosier
More of his story in these links.

The Man Who Stepped Out of Line (St. Maximilian Kolbe and Christian Masculinity)

St. Maximilian Kolbe VOLUNTEERED To Be Starved To Death; Terri Schiavo Did NOT

St Maximilian Kolbe-Priest, Martyr, Saint

August 14 - Memorial, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Blessed[Saint]Maximilian Kolbe-Priest Hero Of A Death

Saint Maximilian Kolbe [Martyr] [Read Only]

22 posted on 08/14/2006 4:40:07 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: RushCrush

Where? I didn't see it.


23 posted on 08/14/2006 4:40:39 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: lizol; fatima

He was interviewed by Fatima -- see more information on my Pilgrimage thread.


24 posted on 08/14/2006 4:41:38 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: lizol

"No man hath greater love than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends."


25 posted on 08/14/2006 4:43:16 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: antiRepublicrat
He was a very holy man -- Read some of the threads linked above. And read A Man for Others by Patricia Treece -- a great book about him with first hand information of friends, acquaintances, even his captors.
26 posted on 08/14/2006 4:43:58 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: lizol

I thought you were talking about Jim Kolbe. I could not figure out how he was ever a martyr. I know he was never one for the Republican Party.


27 posted on 08/14/2006 4:44:53 PM PDT by John D
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To: ishmac

He died in a dark room a colitary starvation room where they put all the people chosen to starve to death -- His cell is where he was held captive.

At least that was my understanding from the tour guide we had through Block 18.


28 posted on 08/14/2006 4:46:22 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Oops -- He died in a dark room a colitary starvation room where they put all the people chosen to starve to death

He died in a dark room a solitary starvation room where they put all the people chosen to starve to death


29 posted on 08/14/2006 4:47:31 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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30 posted on 08/14/2006 4:49:40 PM PDT by NYer
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To: lizol

the only thing greater, I think, than being my parents' son, my sisters' brother, my brothers' brother; the only thing greater than the awesome privilege of being an American, is being a Catholic. And how I thank God for it.


31 posted on 08/14/2006 5:16:12 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("These formidable people....will die for Liberty")
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To: lizol
Welcome back, freeper Salvation! (Vanity) -- A travelogue of a pilgrimage through Eastern Europe
32 posted on 08/14/2006 5:23:20 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: mware

Amen to prayers for Steve Centanni today.


33 posted on 08/14/2006 5:24:01 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Isn't the resemblence amazing.

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34 posted on 08/14/2006 5:29:07 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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Yes, asking St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe's intercession for Steve Centanni and the other one is right on target.

Pray also for priests in difficult situations and especially the frail and elderly who continue to serve in parishes.

35 posted on 08/14/2006 8:49:39 PM PDT by Maeve (St. Rafqa, pray for us.)
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To: Salvation
I stand corrected.
36 posted on 08/15/2006 12:30:13 AM PDT by ishmac
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To: Salvation

I was there 4 years ago and there was a memorial, wreath, cross etc. Perhaps it was just left by a visitor?


37 posted on 08/15/2006 7:24:55 AM PDT by RushCrush (I like pit bulls better than Democrats.)
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To: mware

Isn't the resemblence amazing.

No, not really. I think you are seeing what you want to see. They don't look alike. Especially around the mouth. But your religious intent to get the Fox reporter freed with the help of the saint is admirable.


38 posted on 08/15/2006 10:41:36 AM PDT by flaglady47
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To: lizol

He was a truly great saint. I took him as my confirmation name.


39 posted on 08/20/2006 7:51:33 AM PDT by SkiPole18 (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: lizol
American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

 

August 14, 2007
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
(1894-1941)

“I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lvív (then Poland, now Ukraine), near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though he later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships.

Ordained at 24, he saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it. He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work and suffering. He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata,, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication he established a “City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary.

In 1939 the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In 1941 he was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, in Auschwitz three months later, after terrible beatings and humiliations.

A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one.” As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line. “I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.” “Who are you?” “A priest.” No name, no mention of fame. Silence. The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Father Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked and the slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. He was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.

Comment:

Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism. His whole life had been a preparation. His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God. And his beloved Immaculata was his inspiration.

Quote:

“Courage, my sons. Don’t you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible. Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are content, and that she can do with us anything she wishes” (Maximilian Mary Kolbe, when first arrested).



40 posted on 08/14/2007 5:12:53 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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