The memorial ceremony for the blessed Karl Leisner in the Kraillinger Waldsanaorium has a long tradition. This year it has to be canceled.
Krailling - The church also has its memorial days, on which it reminds us of the terrible times 75 years ago. Every year on August 12, the sisters in the forest sanatorium remember the blessed Karl Leisner, who died here in 1945 as a result of his imprisonment in the Dachau concentration camp. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the celebration of the 75th anniversary of death cannot take place in public due to corona. It should be made up for in the coming year.
As a deacon and person responsible for Catholic youth work in the diocese of Münster, Leisner was a thorn in the side of the NS party. A single word, “pity”, gave rise to his arrest in 1939. It related to the failure of the Hitler assassination attempt. He was denounced and after several stays in prison he was sent to the Dachau concentration camp. In 1945 he was ordained a priest in the priestly block there by a French bishop who was also imprisoned. Moving memories describe the overwhelming sympathy and resourcefulness of his fellow prisoners, who prepared him a dignified celebration under the most adverse conditions. Weakened by abuse and tuberculosis, the 30-year-old died shortly after his liberation on August 12 in the forest sanatorium.
In 1996 Pope John Paul II beatified him during his visit to Germany in Berlin. The same Pope had also highlighted the holiness of two other martyrs of the Nazi era, whose memorial days also fall this week. In 1987 Edith Stein was beatified and in 1982 the Polish Franciscan Maximilian Kolbe was canonized.
Edith Stein, philosophy lecturer and converted Jew, had entered the Carmelite order and in 1939 avoided the persecution of Jews from Cologne to the Netherlands. As a result of a pastoral letter addressing the suffering of the Jews in 1942, she was arrested along with all other non-Aryan religious and died on August 9 in the gas chamber in Auschwitz. In order not to leave her sister Rosa, she had refrained from possibly fleeing to Switzerland.
Maximilian Kolbe, taken prisoner for his uncomfortable press apostolate for the party, voluntarily went to Auschwitz in 1941 in place of the Polish father Franz Gajowniczek in the hunger bunker and suffered death there with nine others. He "gave" the rescued over 50 years of life.
The martyrs of the 20th century, who suffered and died because of the commitment to their faith, have been increasingly recorded and honored in recent years. During Kolbe's canonization, the Pope recalled the word of Jesus: “Nobody has a greater love than someone who gives his life for his friends.” Ft