This collection contains both original and photocopy material. The donation is from Susanne M. Batzdorff, niece of Edith Stein.
She assumed the role of her mother and last surviving sibling, Dr. Erna Stein Biberstein (1890-1978), 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. Almost half 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. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe.
4 linear feet (3 record boxes), 240 books and pamphlets
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.