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Dachau martyr beatified

September 21, 2010

Father Gerhard Hirschfelder (1907-42), a German priest who died of hunger and pneumonia in the Dachau concentration camp, was beatified as a martyr on September 19. The priest had urged Catholic young people not to join the Hitler Youth and had preached against the violence of the Nazi regime in his homilies.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne presided at the beatification Mass, which took place at the cathedral in Munster.


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