To the Editor:
George E. Ehrlich [Letters from Readers, July] is quite correct to point out that the man for whom Maximilian Kolbe sacrificed his life was a father who survived Auschwitz to raise his family, but was not a Jew. His statement that Kolbe was “a rabid anti-Semite,” however, appears to me to overstate the evidence.
Studies of Kolbe’s works done at the time of his beatification, for example by the Holocaust Studies Center in Saint Louis, have shown that the half-dozen or so negative references to Jews in Kolbe’s voluminous writings consist of glancing statements about what was considered a Masonic-Jewish opposition to Catholicism. And it was shown that one of Kolbe’s magazines, apparently while he was away in the missions, did indeed publish blatantly anti-Semitic literature.
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