Religion: Saintly Passions

Jews protest a beatification

The Gestapo came for Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross at the Carmelite convent in Echt, the Netherlands, on Aug. 2, 1942. She and her older sister Rosa, who was living at the convent, were given five minutes to pack. Within a week the two women were at the gates of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. They died in the gas chamber on Aug. 9. In words that today ring with heroism, Sister Teresa told Rosa in Echt, "Come. We are going for our people." In those words rest the very paradox of Sister Teresa: Were her people Jews or...

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