“So they picked the 10, but they did not pick Maximilian — they picked the man next to him, who immediately started to sob and cry,” Stanberry said. The story goes that Maximilian told the soldiers to take him instead.
“He gave his life for this man,” Stanberry said.
While he was in the starvation bunker with the other men, Maximilian would sing hymns, recite Bible verses and pray with the others.
“He would try to pump them up and give them courage,” Stanberry said, adding that Maximilian was the last one alive after the 10 days. When the Nazis needed space, they injected him with a lethal drug.
The premiere performance of Stanberry’s “I Maximilian….” will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5720 Hamilton Mason Road. The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra will perform the musical piece.
The concert will also feature Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Beethoven’s “Symphony #5” (“V” for Victory in WWII) and John Williams’ “A Hymn to the Fallen” from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is also contributing some displays that that will be available for those in attendance to view.