Roman Catholic Saint. Born in Poland in 1894, he became a priest in 1918 in Krakow. During World War II he was arrested in 1941 by Nazi SS troops and sent to Auschwitz Death Camp in Oswiecim, Poland. One day the SS doctors and guards picked out some men for experiments and execution. When one man asked to live, Father Kolbe stepped forward and took the man's place in the line. Because of that action the SS guards removed him to the infamous Block 11. This was where the cruelest of medical experiments were carried out by SS doctors on prison inmates. There he was condemned to starvation, and after months of torture his Nazi captors put an end to his life with a fatal injection into his heart on August 14, 1941. In 1982 Pope John Paul II canonized him, making him Saint Maximilian (Kolbe). He is the patron saint of prisoners and people that are afflicted with addicted. Today, his cell at Auschwitz, Cell 18, is a destination for pilgrims as a place to visit and pray.
Bio by: Elsie Celestino