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Christ in Dachau

“What we priests were forced to endure under the Nazi regime, especially in Dachau concentration camp, is no more than a cup filled from the vast sea of human suffering in the world today,” wrote Fr. John Lenz. “It is not this suffering as such that is important. The important thing is to show those who have crosses of their own to bear in life just what the grace of God can do for those who follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ the Crucified. It is no less important to reveal the wickedness of Hell.”

The Nazi hellhole Dachau concentration camp held the largest number of Catholic priests — more than 2,400 — in the Nazi camp system. They came from two dozen countries, from every background — parish priests and prelates, monks and friars, teachers and missionaries. More than one-third were killed.

Among the survivors was Fr. Lenz, who was asked by his superiors to write an account of what he saw — and experienced — so that it would not be forgotten. This book, filled with gripping real-life stories and eighty photos, was the stunning result and became an immediate sensation.

This work is unique among those written on the Holocaust; it reveals how, by tireless sacrifice amid barbaric suffering, the Church was victorious in one of the darkest times in human history. When the Nazis entered several European countries, many people were afraid to speak up. Numerous priests, however, continued to preach the gospel and the truth about the dignity of life and freedom. Through their courageous witness you will learn about:

  • The arrest and imprisonment of priests and other faithful citizens
  • What really happened at Dachau and the horrific treatment of prisoners
  • How priests ministered to fellow prisoners and prayed unceasingly in the camps
  • Ways in which priests secretly brought the Blessed Sacrament to the people and heard confessions
  • Spiritual lessons learned in the face of death and despair

“Only when we are forced to endure the most profound suffering and hardship do we learn how to catch hold of God’s hand in our misery,” Fr. Lenz reflected. “We learn to pray.”


These events can well be placed alongside those of the first three centuries of Christianity for use in apologetics and religious instruction.

Cardinal Franziskus König

So exciting in places that I couldn’t put it down.

Most Rev. H. Roloff

I congratulate you on this book . . . which will become a standard work of Christian apologetics.

Most Rev. Josef Hilti

The unique contents of this book have led me to recommend it on every possible occasion.

Most Rev. Josef Zimmermann

I have just been reading Christ in Dachau — the most shattering but uplifting book I have read in my life. This book proves to us that the spirit of faith and love and the readiness to make the supreme sacrifice that inspired the early Christians is still alive today, among both priests and laity.

Most Rev. Michael Buchberger

A book proclaiming the victory of the Church and the heroism of her priests.

Radio Vatican

A book that should be available in every parish library.

Speyer Diocesan Journal






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