Dachau Tag

GERMANY, Maria Fischer • To this day, it is “incomprehensible to me how such crimes were possible in a Christian-influenced country like Germany,” said Archbishop Reinhard Cardinal Marx, when he visited the Mortal Agony of Christ Chapel on the grounds of the memorial site of the former Dachau concentration camp in connection with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the end of the war. A short film was recorded there for the online offer of the archbishopric of Munich and Freising.— The fact thatRead More
GERMANY, Press Release Gedenkstättenseelsorge Dachau• The Protestant Churches of Bavaria and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising  marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp with an ecumenical service of remembrance on the 27th April 2020. This took place in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation, built on the actual location of the former prisoner camp site, a short distance from the crematorium. The video recording of this service is made available on April 29, 2020,  the 75th anniversary of the liberation of  the concentration campRead More
JOSEPH KENTENICH, Sr. M. Elinor Grimm/mf • So many things that had been planned and prepared with love and dedication are cancelled during these weeks. Sporting events, concerts, congresses, fairs, anniversaries, travel. Processions and stations of the cross, dozens of missions for hundreds of youth, 500 years of the first Holy Mass in Argentina. And also the celebration of 75 years of the release of Father Kentenich from the Dachau concentration camp. We stay at home because we take care of each other, and relieve doctors, nurses, and all thoseRead More
GERMANY, Press Office of the Archbishopric of Munich-Freising/Editorial Office • “How much we long for priests who are ready for devotion, ready to give their lives”, Cardinal Reinhard Marx emphasized with regard to Blessed Karl Leisner, who 75 years ago, on December 17, 1944, was secretly ordained priest in the Dachau concentration camp by the Bishop of Clermont, Gabriel Piguet, who was also imprisoned there. Today it is also about reforms, “but at the core of the question is: Is a priest ready not only to read Mass, but toRead More
DACHAU, Maria Fischer / Sr M. Elinor Grimm • “On 24 September (1944) we consecrated all the nations present here to the Mater Ter Admirabilis of Schoenstatt. We chose her to be our Queen. At that time we already gave our Schoenstatt Work a new, international foundation. This development is to receive its final seal today. Here and now we want to found a ‘Catholica’. All are represented”. Those were the words of Fr Kentenich on 18 October 1944, seventy-five years ago, in the concentration camp at Dachau. — “UntilRead More
EXPERIENCE IN DACHAU, schoenstatt.org in conversation with visitors and Schw. M. Elinor Grimm, licensed memorial guide • In October 2019 it will be 75 years since Father Kentenich founded Schoenstatt International in the Dachau concentration camp. An outwardly inconspicuous event, in a place that stands for an extent of human cruelty that goes beyond all imagination: Dachau, the concentration camp near Munich. — And perhaps even beyond that After the beginning of the Second World War, people from occupied territories in Europe were also imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp. ItRead More
GERMANY, Sr. M. Elinor Grimm • 74 years ago, on 12 August 1945, Karl Leisner, a new priest from Kleve, died in the Planegg forest sanatorium as a result of his almost six-year imprisonment in the Dachau concentration camp. After his liberation from the camp on 4 May 1945, Karl Leisner was lovingly cared for until his death by the Sisters of the Order of the Merciful Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. To this day, the Sisters have kept the room almost unchanged in memory of the suffering andRead More