Sr Edith Benedicta Stein

Sr Edith Benedicta Stein

Wrocław, Dolnośląskie, Poland
Death 9 Aug 1942 (aged 50)
Oświęcim, Małopolskie, Poland
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 24879623 · View Source
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Edith Stein was born to a Jewish family at Breslau on Through her passionate study of philosophy she searched after truth and found it in reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Jesus. In 1922 she was baptized a Catholic and in 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne where she took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was gassed and cremated at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942, during the Nazi persecution and died a martyr for the Christian faith after having offered her holocaust for the people of Israel. A woman of singular intelligence and learning, she left behind a body of writing notable for its doctrinal richness and profound spirituality. She was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II at Cologne on May 1, 1987 and she was canonized on October 11, 1998 by Pope St. John Paul II her feast day is on August 9

In memory of Sister Teresa

1942: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross died in Auschwitz. Born Edith Stein, Sister Teresa and her sister converted long before World War II. However, the Catholic Church allowed the Nazis to seize her and thousands of other Jews who had converted to Catholicism and ship them off to the death chambers. According to Canon Law, Sister Teresa was a Catholic. But apparently she was not a real Catholic since the Church let her go up in smoke facing the fate of a Jewess named Stein.

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