Blessed Emil Szramek
Slaskie, September 29, 1887- January 13, 1942, Dachau
Emil Szramek was born in Tworkov, around Slaskie in Poland, September 29, 1887. Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Katowice, he was a pastor there. For defending the Christian doctrine before the Nazi invaders, he was arrested on April 8, 1940 and deported to the inhumane concentration camp at Dachau, in Bavaria. Here he died from torture on January 13,1942.
On June 13, 1999, Pope John Paul II raised to the altars far 108 victims of the Nazi persecution, including the Blessed Emilio Szramek, who is therefore now celebrated on his anniversary of martyrdom.
Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp at Dachau near Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Emilio Szramek blessed, priest and martyr: of Polish origin, during the war, was brutally deported in that field and died under torture for defending the faith of Christ before his persecutors.
SOURCE: Santi e Beati