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If St. Maximilian Kolbe offered his life to save a fellow prisoner, was he truly a martyr?


St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) died in Auschwitz when he offered to take the place of another man being sent with a group of prisoners to die of starvation. Certainly this was a saintly act, but was it martyrdom? Aren’t martyrs those who die for the faith?


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