I remain blessed by the Angel of Serendipity who sits quietly on my shoulder, invisibly guiding me to the next amazing person or connection. This past week, through a chain of email connections, I made contact with the son of Henryk Kruszewski, Auschwitz prisoner number 4798. His son, who lives in Australia, generously shared his father’s translated account with me, for my personal reading.
A film about the Polish Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894 – 1941) is in final production by a Mexican film and production company. The company plans to premier the film next summer at the 2016 Catholic World Youth Day in Krakow. On July 31, 1941 the humble Catholic priest volunteered to take another man’s place who was sentenced to die by starvation. Pope John Paul II canonized Father Kolbe as a martyr of charity on October 10, 1982.
The courage of Witold Pilecki (1901 – 1948) remains little known outside Polish circles. Everyone studying Auschwitz or the Holocaust should know this name. The Polish Army Captain snuck INTO Auschwitz after convincing his superiors he wanted to gather intelligence on the camp. Louie Zamperini meet Witold Pilecki.
Today, January 27, 2015, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. My friend Henry Zguda survived nearly a year in Auschwitz. A friend saved his life by getting him a job in the kitchen. He wore the red triangle of a political prisoner, with a “P” in the middle for “Polen/Polish.” Here are five things to remember about Auschwitz-Birkenau.