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Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz

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Elaine Murray Stone explores the life of Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life at Auschwitz.
Paperback, 106 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Paulist Press
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“No one can alter truth. What we can do, and should do, is search for truth and then serve it when we have found it.” ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe

Concise, young adult biography of a Catholic priest who gave his life for Jewish husband and father, Francis Gajowniczek, imprisoned for helping the Polish Resistance. Mr. Gajowniczek was among those selected for punishment (locked in starvation cells to die of hunger and thirst) imposed on a bunker when one of its member prisoners goes missing. Kolbe
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it

Specializing in the biographies of saints, Elaine Murray Stone presents here a pious but readable study on the life and Christian dedication of a Polish priest during World War II: Father Maximilian Kolbe. Using simple syntax and headlines within chapters the author offers interested readers a clear timeline of the events and challenges experienced by this devout Franciscan in wartorn Poland. The Paulist Press chose artist Patrick Kelley to provide accurate
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carlos Miguel
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this book, because on one side I believe his story is incredible, and in a personal level I could learn a great deal from him; however, the writing is very bland, and with a very fast pace. I don't know if this kind of books are all like that, but I would like to know the Maximilian Kolbe on a much deeper way. I want to know his troubles, his mistakes, and his moments of doubt, because when I read books like this Saints are treated in an almost non-human way; they portrait ...more
Dorothy A.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the history it shares. What an impressive person.
Teresa “Teri”

Excellent work on St. Maximilian Kolbe! I learned much from this biography! To become a Saint for the life you lived, especially at Auschwitz, is truly miraculous.
Raphael C Duncan

I defy anyone to not be stirred by this man's unshakable faith amidst circumstances most of us will thankfully never have to face.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have heard such wonderful accounts of this man that I needed to read this book to fully understand his life and I was deeply touched when reading about the journey his life took. This book begins at the age of eight and tells about the spiritual journey he took until his death and then narrates how he became a Saint. To have such strength and faith is truly a testiment to his calling. Be ready, as a reader you will deal with many emotions as you read this novel and you might want to keep your ...more
Ed Smith
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book, especially for the young adult set. It was the most I had ever read on this saint, and I was surprised at just how large and influential a figure he was in his time, especially since he is little-known today. I also learned from this book that there is museum devoted to him in Footdale, Pa. It's on my to-go-to list.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a young adult story. I learned a lot about this saint; he made a huge difference in the lives of many people in Poland and Japan. It also reinforces the horror (at the appropriate level for young adults) that was the holocaust.
Andrea Mudd
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad that I read this short but wonderfully written bio of St. Maximilian Kolbe. His love of Jesus and his Immaculate Mother is a beautiful example.
SJ Loria
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this book lots of times in middle school and was inspired enough to make thid guy my confirmation saint.

Another example of the power of martydom and the extraordinary human spirit.
Chris  Padgett (thebookaholic1 )
The life of St. Kolbe really touched me. I just wanted to read whatever I could find concerning him. My son Kolbe was named after this wonderful man of God.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
very elementary. would have liked a lot more depth.
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