WHEN YOU HEAR THE NAME “AUSCHWITZ” YOU THINK OF THE JEWISH HOLOCAUST, AND THAT IS GOOD, BUT THINK ALSO OF THE CATHOLICS (MOSTLY POLES) WHO DIED THERE FOR THEIR NUMBER WAS GREATER

 

MORE CATHOLICS THAN JEWS DIED AT AUSCHWITZ BETWEEN 1941–1943

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 9, 2017

Original records show 3,000 more Catholics than Jews died in that period

Today’s the feast day of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Jewish-born Edith Stein, who converted to Catholicism, became a Carmelite nun and died in the German prison camp of Auschwitz in 1942. Many people are unaware of original records, showing more Catholics than Jews died from 1941–1943 at this infamous Nazi prison camp built in Catholic Poland.

According to original records titled Death Books, which were captured at Auschwitz prison camp by Russians in 1945 and preserved at the British Library, almost 3,000 more Catholics died during this three-year period than Jews. The records show that of the 68,864 total people, who died there during that period, 31,814 were Catholic and 29,125 were Jews.
During that three-year period, 46 percent of the total number who died at Auschwitz were Catholic compared to 42 percent who were Jewish. Records for the period between 1944–1945 when the camp was liberated are not accounted for here. It’s telling to note, however, that the percentage of Catholics being killed at that location each year was actually increasing towards the end of that period.

During 1943, the last year records were kept in this original source, two and a half times more Catholics than Jews died at Auschwitz. Adding each journal entry for that year shows that 6,869 Jews died in this sector of the Holocaust compared to 16,960 Catholics, whose deaths were recorded that year in this original journal kept at Auschwitz.

 

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