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Karl Leisner

Rees 1915 - Krailing 1945
German priest interned in the Dachau concentration camp. He died of tuberculosis shortly after being liberated. He has been declared a martyr and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1996
(Wikipedia)
Jürgen Ebert
2005

Rees /  Karl Leisner   Rees /  Karl Leisner

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Stele with a bust of Karl Leisner.

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Karl Leisner

28. Feb. 1915
3. März 1915
17. Dez. 1944
12. Aug. 1945
23. Juni 1996
 
geboren in Rees
Taufe in St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Rees
Priesterweihe im KZ Dachau
gestorben in Planegg
Seligsprechung durch
Papst Johannes Paul II.
Karl Leisner

28 Febr. 1915
3 March 1915
17 Dec. 1944
12 Aug. 1945
23 June 1996
 
born in Rees
Baptism at St. Mary Assumption, Rees
Ordained a priest in the Dachau concentration camp
died in Planegg
Beatification by
Pope John Paul II

Information Sign

KZ Dachau - 17. Dezember 1944
„Tu es sacerdotum in acternum [sic]! - Du bist Priester in Ewigkeit!ʺ

Karl Leisner, in Rees geboren, wird als begeisterter Jungscharführer und Diaken von der Gestapo
verfolgt und ins K Z Dachau gebracht. Aus Leidenschaft für Christus will er Priester werden. Der
todkranke Karl Leisner wird unter strengster Geheimhaltung durch seinen Mitgefangenen, den
französischen Bischof Gabriel Piguet von Clermont-Ferrand, in Dachau zum Priester geweiht. Ein
kirchengeschichtlich einzigartes Ereignis von hohem europäischen und ökumenischen Rang.
Leisner stirbt an den Folgen der Haft 1945 in Planegg.
Karl Leisner, ein Mensch von beeindruckender innerer Größe
Dachau concentration camp - 17 December 1944
„Tu es sacerdotum in aeternum! - You are a priest forever!ʺ

Karl Leisner, born in Rees, was as an enthusiastic youth group leader and deacon persecuted by the Gestapo
and taken to the Dachau concentration camp. Out of passion for Christ, he wanted to become a priest. The
terminally ill Karl Leisner was in the strictest secrecy ordained a priest by his fellow prisoner,
the French Bishop Gabriel Piguet of Clermont-Ferrand. A unique event in church history of
high European and oecumenical importance. Leisner died as a result of his imprisonment in Planegg in 1945.
Karl Leisner, a man of impressive inner size

Signature

Jürgen Ebert Bocholt
VVV 2005

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