This man, Franciszek Gajowniczek, died in 1995.
Because this man, Maximilian Kolbe, took his place in a Nazi starvation chamber. An action undertaken because he learned his definition of love…
St. Maximilian Kolbe is one of my favorite Christians in recent history, and today we remember him since it was this day, in 1941, that a Nazi doctor ended his week-long stay in that starvation chamber with a lethal injection.
I would also be remiss to not give a shout out to a brother from another mother (church), Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was also killed by the Nazis and whose quote below captures Maximilian’s act of love and obedience.