A film about the life of Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Polish Catholic martyr who died at Auschwitz concentration camp, will premiere in Canada on February 16, Friday at 7:30 PM at John Paul II Centre. The tickets will be available at the parish hall on Sunday, January 14, 2018.
“Two Crowns” was shot in Poland, Italy and Japan.
The cast includes prominent Polish actors Adam Woronowicz, Cezary Pazura, Artur Barciś and Dominika Figurska.
Kolbe became an Auschwitz prisoner on 28 May, 1941. The priest, who had German roots, refused an offer to be added to a list of “ethnic-Germans”, helped shelter some 2,000 Jews in a Polish monastery which German occupiers eventually shut down, and was finally imprisoned. At Auschwitz, Kolbe offered to take the place of a man randomly selected to receive the death penalty with nine others in retribution for the escape of three prisoners. He spent two weeks without bread and water in the camp’s starvation bunker, before being given a lethal injection.
He was canonised in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. The man he saved survived the war and died in Poland in 1995