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św. Teresa Benedykta od Krzyża - Edyta SteinEdith Stein – a Saint of the Catholic Church, canonized by the Pope John Paul II in 1998, recently appointed the Patron Saint of Europe. Saint Edith Stein was born in Wrocław (then Breslau) and as a child often spent her holidays at the house of her relatives, who lived in Lubliniec - hence her well known fondness for that town. She converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism and joined the Carmelite Order. In 1942 she was arrested at a monastery in the Netherlands and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she and her Lubliniec-born sister Rosa died as martyrs. The Edith Stein Association, which has been established in Lubliniec, has been conducting a wide range of promotional and educational activities. Lubliniec has become a veritable centre of the cult of Saint Edith Stein -St Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, who has also been appointed one of the Saint Patrons of Europe.

bł. Józef Cebula OMIBlessed Joseph Cebula OMI (Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate) – Fr Joseph Cebula was a well-regarded college teacher and educator, as well as a confessor and a monk. Fr T. Nandzik was preparing him as his successor at the Lower Religious Seminary in Lubliniec. Fr Cebula became a housemaster at the novice house in 1931. In 1935 two new side altars and new benches were provided for the house chapel and the construction of Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes began, the task, which was finished in 1937. Fr Cebula made continuous efforts to improve the difficult living conditions of the novices at the seminary. He also cared for the spiritual upbringing of his novices. Although not endowed with great oratorical talent, he was eagerly listened to because his words were supported by his life's testimony. On 18 April 1941 he was transferred to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, where he was tortured, condemned to heavy labour, and finally, executed by firing squad. His body was burned in the camp crematorium ovens.

Józef Piotr LompaJoseph Peter Lompa – one of the most distinguished Polish folklore researchers of mid 19th century. He initiated systematic collecting of folk songs and prose. Lompa's rich and diverse literary oeuvre includes poetry, popular prose written for peasant readers, school textbooks, agricultural handbooks, as well as religious, historical and ethnographic writings and political commentary articles.

 

 

ks. Konstanty DamrotReverend Konstanty Damrot – a poet, journalist and historian, who came from Lubliniec and studied theology and philosophy in Wrocław. Rev. Damrot devoted his life to the promotion of the Polish language and culture in Silesia. His Lubliniec childhood home still exists.

 

 

Richard CourantRichard Courant – born in 1888 in Lubliniec, a cousin of Edith Stein.  His stellar career as mathematician led him to collaborate closely with David Hilbert – a mathematician active at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Courant took part in the 1921 Upper Silesia Referendum. He died in New York City in 1972.

 

 

Konrad Mańka – a scouting activist, member of an underground White Eagle organisation, who was for his actions arrested and sentenced to death by the Nazis in 1942.