In response to:
Life Saving from the February 17, 1983 issue
To the Editors:
There is an implication in John Gross’ review of my book A Man for Others: Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz, in the Eyes of Those Who Knew Him [NYR, February 17] that Diana Dewar’s forthcoming work on the new Franciscan saint validates charges that Kolbe was, at least to some extent, anti-Semitic.
Having read Dewar’s work in manuscript form, I think in fact she points out, as I do—although Gross chose to ignore this—Kolbe’s lack of anti-Semitism. What she treats in her interpretive biography that was beyond the scope of my eyewitness documentary is the anti-Semitism of Polish society and those around Kolbe and the difficulties this sometimes caused him.