Maximilian Kolbe and Kaj Munk made their deepest testimony to Christ and to the self-giving love that Christ showed us. The Lutheran Church remembers them today.
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan priest with particular devotion to Mary. When the Nazis occupied Poland, Kolbe continued to serve people as a priest, providing shelter and care for those
displaced by war
, assisting hundreds of Jews to escape
imprisonment and execution
. Eventually he was arrested and imprisoned at Auschwitz. The head of the camp sentenced ten men to death by starvation as a warning to the community against attempting to escape. Kolbe volunteered to take the place of one of the ten, a father of young children.
Kaj Munk was a Danish Lutheran pastor and writer (his first name rhymes with “high”). A man of strong and controversial religious, political and social opinions, he supported Danish underground resistance to Hitler. When he defied a Nazi order prohibiting preaching a Christmas sermon, he was arrested by the Gestapo. The next day his body was found in a ditch.
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