Heroes of the Holocaust By Sr. Elizabeth Ann, S.J.W. These articles are meant to recognize and honor a few of the brave and saintly men and women who were willing to suffer greatly for their Catholic Faith during World War II.
There is no doubt that the Jewish people were the main target of Nazi hatred and racism. By the end of the war, approximately six million of our Jewish brothers and sisters had been deliberately murdered, over one million of them children. While remembering this, we must not forget that the Holocaust also claimed at least five million Gentile victims.
Any system, such as National Social- ism, that preaches a philosophy of hatred and racial superiority will have its avid supporters and its enemies. The Nazis arrested any person or group considered either racially inferior or a threat to the tenets of National Socialism. The men and women in these articles 4priests, religious and laity 4were faithful in their daily lives to the demands of the Gospel.
Because they were faithful, they were considered a threat by the Nazi regime. There is an intimate connection between the way we live our life and the way we die. Every person mentioned in this ... more. less.
book led a holy life even before confronted with imprisonment and death; they radiated Christ when things were going well and when things were going poorly.<br><br> They did what they believed God wanted them to do, regardless of the consequences. Many did not survive the war. Others survived, only to die shortly after liberation because of the poor treatment they had endured.<br><br> Each of these biographies is unique because each person reflects Christ in a unique way. What the stories have in common is the witness each person was willing to give. The sacrifices they made were the culmination of lives lived for others in imitation of Christ.<br><br> They died the way they lived; with love for their en- emies and hope in the Resurrection. May their witness inspire us to follow the path of truth regardless of the consequences. I.<br><br> Heroes of Poland II. Heroes of Austria III. Heroes of France IV.<br><br> Heroes of Germany V. Heroes of Holland VI. Hero of Italy<br><br>