In retaliation for the escape of one prisoner, German Socialist Gestapo Karl Fritzsch selected 10 men to die in Auschwitz's starvation bunker.
When Franciszek Gajowniczek (Prisoner 5659) was chosen, he cried out, "My wife! My children!"
Father Maximilian Kolbe (Prisoner 16670), arrested for hiding more than 1,500 Jews, volunteered to take his place and died on August 14, 1941.
VIVA CRISTO REY! Niech żyje Chrystus Król!
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