Fr Gerhard Hirschfelder

Dolnośląskie, Poland
Death 1 Aug 1941 (aged 34)
Dachau, Landkreis Dachau, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Świdnica, Powiat świdnicki, Dolnośląskie, Poland
Memorial ID 98297000 · View Source
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Blessed Gerhard Hirschfelder was a Catholic priest and opponent to the Nazis. He was born in Glatz (now Kłodzko) in 1907 to an unwed mother, which made it difficult for him to join the priesthood, which at the time restricted illegitimate children. However, because of his dedication he was able to get the special dispensation needed and left to study theology in Breslau (now Wrocław). He was ordained in 1932, shortly before the Nazis came to power in Germany. He had a reputation as a popular and excellent preacher, and was appointed the county's youth minister, working in both Habelschwerdt and Tscsherbeney. Shocked by the increasing violence in Germany, he became a steadfast opponent to the Nazi regime, denouncing them from his pulpit during Sunday Mass. He made a special effort to prevent young people from falling under the sway of Nazi propaganda, which brought him to the attention of the Gestapo. In Habelschwerdt he was spied on and repeatedly interrogated him; he was finally arresting him in 1941 after being denounced by one of his Tscherbeney parishioners. After four months in the city prison in Glatz, he was sent to Dachau Concentration Camp, where he died of exhaustion on August 1, 1942. His ashes were sent back to Tscherbeney, where they were interred a few weeks later. For his good deeds, he was beatified on 19th September 2010 in Münster Cathedral.


Ks. Gerhard Hirschfelder

Męczennik Obozu Koncentracyjnego w Dachau
za wierność Bogu, Kościołowi i Młodzieży!

Ur. 17.02.1907r. w Kłodzku
Wyświęcony na kapłana 31.01.1932r. we Wrocławiu

Wikariusz w Czermnej w latach 1932-1939

Aresztowany 1.08.1941r. w Bystrzycy Kłodzkiej
Zginął w Dachau 1.08.1942r.

Tu spoczywa urna z prochami z Dachau
Geboren am 17.2.1907 in Glatz
Kaplan Gerhard Hirschfelder
ein Märtyrer im KZ Lager Dachau
für die Treue zu Gott, der Kirche und der Jugend.
Priesterweihe 31.1.1932 in Breslau
Kaplan in Tscherbeney - Grenzeck von 1932-1939
Inhaftier 1.8.1941 in Habelschwerdt
Gestorben in Dachau am 1.8.1942
Hier ruhen die Überreste in der Urne aud Dachau.

Kaplan Gerhard Hirschfelder
mučednik z koncentračního tábora Dachau
za věrnost Bohu, církvi a mládeži
Narozen 17.2.1907 v Kladsku
Vysvěcen na kněze 31.1.1932 ve Vratislavi
Kaplanem v Čermné od r. 1932-1939
Zatčen 1.8.1941 v Bystřici
Zemřel v Dachau 1.8.1942
Zde odpočívají jeho pozustatky v urně z Dachau.


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  • Added: 4 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98297000
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fr Gerhard Hirschfelder (17 Feb 1907–1 Aug 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98297000, citing St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Świdnica, Powiat świdnicki, Dolnośląskie, Poland ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47918137) .