Mexican filmmakers are making a 3D animated movie telling the story of a Polish monk who laid down his life for a stranger at Auschwitz. Jane Ross reports.
Mexican filmmakers are making a 3D animated movie that introduces to a younger generation the story of a Polish monk who laid down his life for a stranger at Auschwitz death camp. "Max & Me" recounts the story of the Franciscan monk Maksymilian Kolbe. Kolbe was arrested and sent to Auschwitz in 1941. When Nazi guards selected several men to be put to death, Kolbe stepped forward to save the life of a Polish sergeant -- Franciszek Gajowniczek. Gajowniczek survived Auschwitz and went on to tell the story. Kolbe was later canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. The film tells their story through a present-day encounter between an older man, Gunther, and a rebellious teenager named DJ. Polish actor Piotr Adamczyk provides the voices of both Gajowniczek and Kolbe in the film. "Max & Me" is set for release in summer 2016.