Unit 1012 Cover Photo

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014


I reject with my innermost the evacuation [deportation of Jews] with all its side effects, because it is directed against the most important commandment of Christianity, ‘You shall love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ And I recognize the Jew too as my neighbor, who possesses an immortal soul, shaped after the likeness of God. However, since I cannot prevent this governmental measure, I have made up my mind to accompany the deported Jews and Christian Jews into exile, in order to give them spiritual aid. I wish to use this opportunity to ask the Gestapo to give me this opportunity.

—Father Bernhard Lichtenberg

Bernhard Lichtenberg

Unit 1012 will honor and always remember the Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg, every year on December 3 and November 5, on his birthday and feast day respectively. We do not remember him only on those two dates but also on his beatification day on June 23, 1996. We will remember and honor him for praying and saving the lives of Jews during World War II and he rightfully deserves to be recognized by the State of Israel as Righteous among the Nations.

His story should be an inspiration for us to pray, support victims’ rights and defend the use of the death penalty by speaking out against evil and saving lives. Most of all, we agree with his quote in the right context of loving your neighbor.

We will post information about him from Wikipedia and other links.

Bernhard Lichtenberg Büste Hof
Priest and martyr
3 December 1875
Ohlau, Prussian Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
5 November 1943 (aged 67)
While being transported from Berlin to Dachau concentration camp, Germany
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
23 June 1996, Germany, by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine
St. Hedwig's Cathedral,
Berlin, Germany

The Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg (3 December 1875 – 5 November 1943) was a German Roman Catholic priest and theologian, who died while in the custody of forces of the Third Reich. He has been awarded the title of Righteous among the Nations, and has been beatified by the Catholic Church.


Lichtenberg was born in Ohlau (now Oława), Prussian Silesia, near Breslau (now Wrocław), the second of five children. He studied theology in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary and was ordained in 1899.

Lichtenberg began his ministry in Berlin in 1900 as the pastor of Charlottenburg. For a time he also was a member of the local parliament for the Centre Party. In 1931, the Bishop of Berlin appointed him as a canon of the Cathedral chapter of St. Hedwig and in 1938 as provost of the cathedral, entrusting to him the task of helping Jewish community of the city. After Kristallnacht, the first organized Nazi pogrom in Germany, Lichtenberg would pray publicly for the Jews at Vespers services.

He protested in person to Nazi officials the arrest and killing of the sick and mentally ill as well as the persecution of the Jews. At first, the Nazis dismissed the priest as a nuisance. Father Lichtenberg was warned that he was in danger of being arrested for his activities, but he continued nonetheless. Deploring the regime of concentration camps like that of Dachau, he organized demonstrations against them outside certain camps.

In 1942, Lichtenberg protested against the euthanasia programme by way of a letter to the chief physician of the Reich

“I, as a human being, a Christian, a priest, and a German, demand of you, Chief Physician of the Reich, that you answer for the crimes that have been perpetrated at your bidding, and with your consent, and which will call forth the vengeance of the Lord on the heads of the German people."

Lichtenberg was arrested and condemned to prison. Because he was considered incorrigible, he was sent to the Dachau concentration camp, but he collapsed and died while in transit, on 5 November 1943 in Hof, Bavaria.

Bernhard Lichtenberg

On 23 June 1996, Pope John Paul II declared Lichtenberg and Karl Leisner blessed martyrs. The beatification ceremony took place during a Mass celebrated in the Olympic stadium in Berlin.

Lichtenberg's tomb is situated in the crypt of St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin. After the war, the main office building of the Archbishop of Berlin was named after him.

INTERNET SOURCE: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint.php?n=646

The Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg

Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg was a martyr during the Second World War. Born in 1875, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Berlin, Germany. He served in the Cathedral of Berlin and was an outspoken critic of the Nazis and their anti-Semitic campaign.

He organized protests outside concentration camps, led public prayers for the Jews, and filed complaints against the Nazi party. Bernhard was eventually arrested for these actions and imprisoned for two years, but this did not deter him.

After his release, he resumed his actions and criticisms against the Nazis. He was arrested again and sentenced to the Dachau concentration camp. He never arrived at the camp. He was killed Nov. 5, 1943 on the way to Dachau at the age of 67.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1996.


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