On the new Edition of the Martyrology Zeugen Fuer
Zeugen Fuer Christus -- Zur Neuauflage des
"On the new Edition of the Martyrology Zeugen Fuer Christus." Volk aud dem Weg, December 2005, 21.
Translation from the original German text to American
English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
After long years of strenuous research, the two-volume work "Zeugen
Christus: Das deutsche Martyrologium des 20. Jahrhunderts [Witnesses
Christ: the German Martyrology of the 20th Century]" appeared
in 1999 and was
published by Prelate Helmut Moll, on behalf of the German Conference
Catholic Bishops, by the Schoeningh Verlag Paderborn/Municn/Vienna/Zurich.
For that extraordinary edition, research had been done on over
of the Catholic faith, among them 73 German-Russian priests of the
Tirsapol/Saratov Diocese, which our Organization for the Care of
Catholic Germans from Russia, put together. Since the book quickly
there followed a second and a third edition.
This work, among others, was exhibited during the Twentieth World
2005 in Cologne, as part of a larger exhibit on blood witnesses
of the 20th
Century, in the Spiritual Center of the St. Ursula Basilica. Visitors
showed great interest in this work. The exhibit had personally been
and was guided by Prelate Moll, and several display boards documented
effort that had gone into this book.
Preparation for a fourth edition has just been completed. Since
names were added in the meantime, an additional, third volume addendum
planned. Our group has added 14 names of German-Russian priests
Albert, Emanuel Bader, Valentin Boechler, Michael Brungardt, Alexander
Daubner, Peter Duckart, Nikodemus Ihly, Wladimir Kloepfer, Emanuel
Josef Rosenbach, Alois Schoenfeld, Kajob Schoenfeld, Florian Schulz,
Alexnader Staub) and, for the first time, four German-Russian lay
(Josef Eberle, Josef Erler, Josef Frank, Magdalene Frison) are also
included. An American translation is also being prepared, and we
participating in it.
On Jan. 6, 2001, at the conclusion of the Holy Year, the chair
of the Liturgical Commission of the German Conference of Bishops,
Cardinal Joachim Maisner, in a talk at the Cologne Cathedral, commented:
"We Germans have collected, in two volumes, [documentation
on] 700 martyrs. This is the hard won ration which we will carry
across the threshold of the new millennium, and which we wish to
put into the hands of our youth. With this group of faith witnesses
we can enter the new millennium erect and with our heads held high.
(...) I would heartily encourage everyone to purchase the two-volume
work, and whenever they feel discouraged and depressed, to open
one of the volumes and to observe in what sorts of situations faith
won out during those years that were experienced even by many of
us." (Citation from a circular by Prelate Moll dated February
[Organization for] The Care of Souls of Catholic Germans from Russia
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.