Edith Stein Biography
Birthday: October 12, 1891 (Libra)
Born In: Wrocław, Poland
It is often stated that there are certain people who shape the consciousness of a nation through the toughest of times and in case of Germany one of those unsung heroes has to be the philosopher Edith Stein. She was born in a Jewish family but went on to embrace Catholicism and became one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived. It is in fact necessary to point out that her contributions as a philosopher and theological authority resonates to this day in her native Germany. Her work however fell afoul of the presiding Nazi regime who thought she was an enemy of the state and that is what led to her untimely demise after being subjected to intense torture at one of the many infamous concentration camps meant for Jewish prisoners. However, it is also extremely important to point out that she was not someone who became a philosopher one fine day and became a popular voice. Edith Stein studied at the University of Cologne and received the equivalent of a Ph.D. degree as well before she moved on to the University of Freiberg in an assistants’ role. Her accomplishments are still studied by historians everywhere.