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Stein, Edith

Born: 1891 AD
Died: 1942 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Saint

1891 – Born in Breslau on the 12th of October.

1916 – She received her doctorate of philosophy there with a dissertation under Husserl, "On The Problem of Empathy."

1921 – Her reading the autobiography of the mystic St. Teresa of Ávila on a holiday in Göttingen that caused her conversion.

1922 – On the 1st of January, she gave up her assistantship with Husserl to teach at a Dominican girls’ school in Speyer.

         – She converted to Christianity, was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church and was received into the Discalced Carmelite Order.

1932 – She became a lecturer at the Institute for Pedagogy at Münster, but anti-Semitic legislation passed by the Nazi government forced her to resign the post.

1934 – She entered the Carmelite monastery at Cologne and took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

1942 – Stein was not safe in the Netherlands—the Dutch Bishops’ Conference had a public statement read in all the churches of the country on the 20th of July, condemning Nazi racism.

1942 – Stein and her sister Rosa, also a convert, were captured and shipped to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where they died in the gas chambers on the 9th of August.