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CLIP 2869

The story of Maximilian Kolbe of Poland

The story of Maximilian Kolbe of Poland
Key Info
  • The story of Maximilian Kolbe of Poland
  • Duration: 05:02
  • The story of Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. The film starts with a short scene where pupils are watching a film of a concentration camp and discussing what it would be like to be there. The film flips to Franciszek Gajowniczek, who was a prisoner of war in Auschwitz and tells the horrific story of what went on in the camp. Franciszek remembers a Franscican Catholic Priest who was also in the camp. In 1941 a prisoner escaped, which meant that 10 prisoners would be killed as punishment. Franciszek was the last name to be called, but Maximilian stepped forward and asked to replace him. His wish was granted and Franciszek was saved.
  • Credits: Imperial War Museum
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Inspirational People

  • Keywords: Maximilion Kolbe, Franscican Catholic Priest, Franciszek Gajowniczek, prisoner of war, Auschwitz, concentration camp, martyr
Ideas for use in class
  • Split the children into groups and give them one of the following questions: What would you do in that situation? How could faith help you? What do you think life would be like in a prisioner of war camp? Could you die for someone? Pupils should discuss their thoughts and present their answers to the class, through speech, role play or actions.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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