|When Dachau is mentioned, many of us associate the Nazi Death Camp
with the persecution and murder of our Jewish brothers and sisters.
However there were three barracks out of thirty were occupied by clergy
from 1938 to 1945 with 2,579 priests, monks and Catholic seminarians
More than a third of the prisoners in the "priest block" died there.
As the result of diplomatic pressure from the Vaticanat the end of
1940, a chapel was permitted to be set up in Block 26. The first Mass at
Dachau was celebrated on January 21, 1941.I will always remember
Marcel Dejean stating : “…We rediscovered the idea of Love in the midst
of suffering, hunger, egoism, hatred or indifference and also a palpable
sense of calm: the beauty of the altar…in the midst of our filth and
poverty, tranquility, recollection and solitude in the midst of constant
overcrowding…The SS were no longer anything but a sad nothingness beside
the splendid, immortal reality of Christ.”