Presenter: Dr. Eileen Lyon
Dr. Lyon, Professor of History at Fredonia College, will address some of the lesser known parts of Kolbe's story in addition to an account of his martyrdom at the hands of the Nazis when he offered himself in exchange for another prisoner who had been selected to die in the starvation bunker at Auschwitz.
Prior to his arrest, Kolbe had been the guardian of a large community of Conventual Franciscans in Niepokalanow but, despite his efforts and those of others, more than 3000 catholic priests from Poland alone were murdered by the Nazis between 1939 and 1945.
The inextricable ties between the Church and Polish national identity made the Church one of the first targets of the Nazi genocide.
A social hour with refreshments will follow.The event is free to members and open to the public a $5.00 donation to non members. Additional information is available by calling Chuck Peszynski at (716) 631-3717