Notable Pole – Father Maximillian Kolbe

 

Saint Max Kolbe cell2 watermarkAfter the outbreak of World War II and invasion of Poland, Father Maximillian Kolbe sheltered refugees including 2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution in his friary. Germans arrested him on February 17, 1941 and imprisoned him first in the notorious Pawiak Prison in Warsaw, then transferred him to Auschwitz on May 28, 1941. He became Prisoner #16670.

 

 

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Prisoner of Note – Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The martyred Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was arrested in 1943 in connection with anti-Nazi activities. He was interred in Buchenwald for two months in the winter of 1945 and eventually transferred to Flossenbürg.  He was arrested in 1943 in connection with anti-Nazi activities.

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