Maximilian Kolbe

My most recent commission was this depiction of Maximilian Kolbe.  He was a priest and friar best known for his sacrifice and death in Auschwitz.  After he was sent to the Nazi prison camp along with countless other innocent victims, ten prisoners were chosen for death as an example to the other inmates following the escape of a prisoner.  One of the ten sentenced to death was especially distressed since he left behind a wife and children, and so Kolbe offered to take his place.  Kolbe and the other nine were placed in an underground bunker and starved to death.  Each time the guards checked on them, they found Kolbe leading the others in prayer, and the whole group was calm.  Kolbe was the last to survive.