Edith Stein

Philosopher, Academic

1891 – 1942

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Who was Edith Stein?

Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD, was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church.

She was born into an observant Jewish family, but was an atheist by her teenage years. Moved by the tragedies of World War I, in 1915 she took lessons to become a nursing assistant and worked in a hospital for the prevention of disease outbreaks. After completing her doctoral thesis in 1918 from the University of Göttingen, she obtained a teaching position at the University of Freiburg.

From reading the works of the reformer of the Carmelite Order, St. Teresa of Jesus, OCD, she was drawn to the Catholic Faith. She was baptized on 1 January 1922 into the Roman Catholic Church. At that point she wanted to become a Discalced Carmelite nun, but was dissuaded by her spiritual mentors. She then taught at a Catholic school of education in Münster.

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Born
Oct 12, 1891
Wrocław
Also known as
  • Saint Teresia Benedicta of the Cross
  • Saint Edith Stein
  • Edith Teresia Hedwig Stein
Parents
Religion
  • Catholicism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Germans
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • University of Göttingen
  • University of Wrocław
  • University of Freiburg
Lived in
  • Wrocław
Died
Aug 9, 1942
Auschwitz concentration camp

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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