Saint Maximilian Kolbe, drawn by Slawomiro

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, drawn by Slawomiro

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894 โ€“ 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who was sent to Auschwitz for hiding Jews during the Second World War. When the Nazi guards selected 10 people to be starved to death in punishment, Kolbe volunteered to die in place of a stranger. He was later canonised as a martyr. (source:biography online)