|Blessed Father Karl Leisner|
Karl Leisner began theological studies in 1934, which is pretty poor timing for a Catholic in Germany. Moreover, he became youth director for Munster just as the Nazi regime nationalized all youth programs. In other words, he ran an outlaw church youth fellowship. These Desperadoes for Christ, as they weren't called, used to go camping in the Netherlands and Belgium just so they could rap about Jesus around the campfire. Thus do fascists make subversives of even the most well intentioned citizens.
|Blessed Karl Leisner|
In March 1939, Bishop von Galen appointed Karl deacon. The blessed Bishop was himself only in the job because others had declined it; like Blessed Karl, he used his spot to criticize der Fuhrer and his policies. The Gestapo debated whether to arrest the Bishop (in the end, they didn't), but they didn't waste their breath about a mere deacon. He was picked up in November 1939, a mere eight months into his job, and sent to Freiburg (that's ironic, huh?). From there, he was transferred to Mannheim, then Sachenhausen, and finally to Dachau.
The first two seem to be detention centers or prisons rather than concentration camps. Sachenhausen was a large labor camp, holding a minimum of 200,000 prisoners. Approximately 100,000 deaths are estimated to have occurred there. Dachau, also a labor camp, through which about 250,000 passed and in which 31,000 died.
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Father Karl Leisner only said one Mass, and it took him nine days to gather enough strength to say that. Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, but Father Karl's tuberculosis had advanced beyond recovery. He died on August 12, 1945.