By Father Hamans
On an analogous summer time day in 1942, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the move (Edith Stein) and countless numbers of alternative Catholic Jews have been arrested in Holland by means of the occupying Nazis. 100 13 of these taken into custody, numerous of them monks and nuns, perished at Auschwitz and different focus camps. They have been murdered in retaliation for the anti-Nazi pastoral letter written by way of the Dutch Catholic bishops.
While Saint Teresa Benedicta is the main recognized member of this crew, having been canonized by way of Pope John Paul II in 1998, them all deserve the identify of martyr, for they have been killed not just simply because they have been Jews but in addition as a result of religion of the Church, which had pressured the Dutch bishops to protest the Nazi regime. via broad study in either unique and secondary resources, P.W.F.M. Hamans has compiled those martyrs’ biographies, numerous of them unique and observed by way of photos. incorporated during this quantity are a few extraordinary conversion tales, together with that of Edith Stein, the German thinker who had entered the Church in 1922 and later grew to become a Carmelite nun, taking the identify Sister Teresa Benedicta of the pass.
Several of the witnesses chronicled right here had already suffered for his or her religion in Christ earlier than falling sufferer to Hitler’s “Final Solution”, enduring either rejection via their very own humans, together with relatives, and persecution by means of the so-called Christian society during which they lived. between those have been those that, additionally like Sister Teresa Benedicta, perceived the pass they have been being requested to endure and permitted it willingly for the salvation of the area. Illustrated
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