The Night School with Edith Stein, Part I

Nov 14, 2023    Rick Ganz

Edith Stein (1891-1942) was born a Jew, separated herself from Judaism at the age of 13, claiming, as an honest agnostic will insist, “I am sure that their God is not God. I have still not met God.” She pursued a life of Philosophy, gaining a reputation as one of the most powerful and original Philosophers in the German world. But it was when she read, from cover to cover throughout one long night, the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, that she exclaimed what she had experienced that night: “This is the truth!” She became baptized as a Catholic and eventually entered the Carmelite Order. Eventually she was hunted down by the Nazi Gestapo and transported to Auschwitz where she died.