Seventieth Anniversary since death of martyr and saint Edith Stein
August 9, 2012. (Romereports.com) August 9th marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Edith Stein. She was a German nun that was killed in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942.
Originally born into a Jewish family, she was an Atheist as a teenager, and later baptized in 1922 at the age of thirty.
She was then received into the Discalced Carmelite Order as a postulant in 1934. She was later transferred by her Order to a monastery in the Netherlands to escape Nazi persecution, but was eventually captured.
Today she is remembered as a saint in the Catholic Church. She was canonized by John Paul II in 1998 and is considered one the six patron saints of Europe.