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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cologne in Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Edith Stein

Edith Stein Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
1. Edith Stein Marker
1891 in Breslau am 12.10.1891 geboren
als 11. Kind der jüdischen Familie Stein
als Gymnasiastin und Studentin
Verlust des Glaubens

1911 - 1916 Studium der Philosophie, Psychologie, Germanistik und Geschichte in Breslau und Göttingen

1916-1918 Promotion in Freiburg und Assistentin bei Edmund Husserl Begegnung mit dem christlichen Glauben Entscheidung für den katholischen Glauben nach der Lektüre der Autobiographie der Teresa von Avila

1922 Taufe in Bad Bergzabern

1922-1933 Lehrerin in Speyer und Dozentin in Münster

1933 Verbot ihrer Dozententätigkeit durch die Nationalsozialisten

1934 Eintritt in den Kölner Karmel Einkleidung Ordensname Teresia Bensdicta a cruce (die vom Kreuz gesegnete Teresia)

1938 Ewige Profess

31.12.1938 Flucht in den Karmel nach Echt/Holland

07.08.1942 Deportation in das KZ Auschwitz

09.08.1942 Tod in der Gaskammer Auschwitz Birkenau

01.05.1987 Seliggesprochen in Köln durch Papst Johannes Paul II.

11.10.1998 Heiliggesprochen

Edith Stein Sculptire and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
2. Edith Stein Sculptire and Marker
The marker is visible here on the right, on top of the low retaining wall.
in Rom durch Papst Johannes Paul II.


(English translation:)

1891- Born in Wrocław, Poland (formerly Breslau, Germany) on October 12, 1891 (Yom Kippur), as the 11th child to the Steins, a Jewish family. Studies at a college preparatory high school, then becomes a university student. Loss of faith.

1911 - 1916 Studies philosophy, psychology, German language, and history in Brelau and Goettingen.

1916-1918 Moves to Freiburg and becomes an assistant to Edmund Husserl (at the University)
Becomes interested in the Christian faith, and decides to convert to Catholicism after reading the Autobiography of Teresa of Avila

1922 Baptized in Bad Bergzabern

1922-1933 Works as a teacher in Speyer und lecturer in Muenster

1933 Her teaching position is revoked by the Nazis

1934 Enters the Carmelites of Cologne, and takes the religious name of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

1938 Takes holy vows

December 31, 1938 Flees to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands

August 7, 1942 Deportation to the Auschwitz concentration camp

August 9, 1942 Death in the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

May 1, 1987 Beatified in Cologne by Pope John Paul II.

October 11, 1998

Edith Stein Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
3. Edith Stein Sculpture
The sculpture depicts three selves or versions of Edith Stein. On the left, as a Carmelite nun, carrying a cross. On the right, seated in contemplation with a Star of David. And in the middle, but barely visible, a middle self, seemingly split in half. (But when seen from other perspectives, seemingly whole - see the next photo.) The pile of shoes (and the footprints leading to them, not visible here) are suggestive of her journey to Auschwitz.
Canonized in Rome by Pope John Paul II.

Location. 50° 56.576′ N, 6° 57.029′ E. Marker is in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, in Köln. Marker is at the intersection of Gereonstrasse and Börsenplatz, on the right when traveling west on Gereonstrasse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia 50670, Germany. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Das 'Raytzenhuys' / The Raytzen House (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dominican Monastery Site and Albertus Magnus (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Georg Simon Ohm (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dr. Friedrich Joseph Haass (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Friedrich von Spee S.J. (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Kapelle St. Victor / St. Victor Chapel (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Matthias Joseph Scheeben (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Seitenportal des römischen Nordtores/ Side Portal of North Roman Gate (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cologne.
Also see . . .
1. Edith Stein (Wikipedia). "Edith Stein (religious name Teresia Benedicta a Cruce OCD; also known as St. Edith Stein or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; 12 October 1891 – 9 August 1942), was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is canonized as a martyr

Edith Stein Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 13, 2019
4. Edith Stein Sculpture
and saint of the Catholic Church, and she is one of six co-patron saints of Europe." (Submitted on June 6, 2019.) 

2. Edith Stein (EWTN). (Submitted on June 6, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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