This collection contains both original and photocopy material. The donation is from Susanne M. Batzdorff, niece of Edith Stein,
who was canonized on October 13, 1998. Batzdorff assumed the role of her mother, Dr. Erna Stein Biberstein (1890-1978), the
last surviving sibling, in responding to researchers, collecting and contributing to these materials. Batzdorff became one
of the foremost Edith Stein scholars and translators. The collection documents Stein's life and the activities to memorialize
and honor her through beatification, canonization, conferences, buildings, guilds, publications, and art. A significant
part of the collection is in German.
Edith Stein (1891-1942), St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, born Jewish, became a teacher, philosopher, phenomenologist, translator
and nun. She was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church in 1922. During the next decade, while continuing to teach, she promoted
women's education at conferences throughout Europe. In 1933, she joined the Discalced Carmelites in Cologne. Arrested as a
Jewish Catholic in the Netherlands, she was taken to Auschwitz and killed there in 1942. She was canonized in 1998 and is
one of the six patron saints of Europe.
6 linear feet (5 record boxes, 1 5" box, 1 map folder), and 251 books, pamphlets and articles
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.