Life for life : Maximilian Kolbe (DVD video, 2014) [WorldCat.org]
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Life for life : Maximilian Kolbe

Author: Krzysztof ZanussiJan Józef SzczepańskiRoswitha FrankenhauserMichał SzczerbicEdward ZentaraAll authors
Publisher: [San Francisco] : Ignatius Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PolishView all editions and formats
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Auschwitz, 1941. One of the prisoners, Jan, escapes from the German concentration camp while working at a gravel pit. Thanks to the help of good-hearted people he finds shelter. There Jan hears tragic news about ten random inmates sentenced to death by starvation by the Nazis as a punishment for his escape. One among the convicts is Father Maximillian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who volunteered to die in place of one  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Biographical films
Religious films
Named Person: Maximilian Kolbe, Saint; Maximilian Kolbe, Saint
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Krzysztof Zanussi; Jan Józef Szczepański; Roswitha Frankenhauser; Michał Szczerbic; Edward Zentara; Christoph Waltz; Artur Barciś; Ignatius Press.; Studio Filmowe Tor (Firm)
ISBN: 9781621640059 1621640051
OCLC Number: 1002657648
Language Note: In Polish with English and Spanish subtitles.
Credits: Produced by Roswitha Frankenhauser and Michal Szczerbic; music, Wojciech Kilar ; editor, Marek Denys.
Cast: Edward Zentara, Christoph Waltz, Artur Barcis.
Event notes: Previously released by Studio Filmowe Tor in 1991.
Target Audience: Restricted.
Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: a film by Krzysztof Zanussi.

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Auschwitz, 1941. One of the prisoners, Jan, escapes from the German concentration camp while working at a gravel pit. Thanks to the help of good-hearted people he finds shelter. There Jan hears tragic news about ten random inmates sentenced to death by starvation by the Nazis as a punishment for his escape. One among the convicts is Father Maximillian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who volunteered to die in place of one of the inmates. Now Jan is not just fleeing the Nazis, but also from his guilt for his involvement in Kolbe's death. He goes to visit Niepokalanów, a very large Franciscan monastery where Fr. Kolbe had been the founder and superior. There Jan wants to learn what were the motives behind his decision to die for another prisoner, a complete stranger. Though free from Auschwitz, Jan will continue to be confronted by the life and death of Maximilian Kolbe wherever he goes. In addition to Jan - torn between wanting to forget and a fascination with Kolbe - another key character emerges, Brother Anselm. He is a devout young Franciscan priest who quietly but strongly witnesses to Kolbe's heroic faith and love, and then rejoices at the Beatification of Kolbe by Pope Paul VI. Later Kolbe will be canonized by his fellow countryman, Pope John Paul II, who proclaimed Kolbe as the "patron saint of the difficult 20th century".

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