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Life in a Jewish Family: An Autobiography, 1891-1916 (CWES, vol. 1)

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Life in a Jewish Family

An Autobiography, 1891-1916

(The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 1)

Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) 
Translated by Josephine Koeppel, OCD

This initial volume of the Collected Works of Edith Stein offers, for the first time in English, the unabridged biography of Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), depicting her life as a child and young adult. Her text ends abruptly because the Nazi SS arrested, then deported, her to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942.

  • ICS code: ES
  • Format: paperback
  • Pages: 548
  • ISBN: 978-0-935216-04-2


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Edith Stein is one of the most significant German-Jewish women of the 20th century. At the age of twenty-five she became the first assistant to Edmund Husserl, the founder of Phenomenology. She was much in demand as a writer and lecturer after her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Later, as a Discalced Carmelite nun, she maintained her intellectual pursuits until she, like so many others, became a victim of the Nazi persecution that raged across Eastern Europe.


By making this landmark work available in English, the Institute of Carmelite Studies provides an eye-witness account of persons and activities on the scene at the time when psychology and philosophy became separate disciplines.


In addition to photographs and a map, this volume is enhanced with a preface, the foreword and afterword, notes, and a list of places associated with Edith Stein’s life. It is our aim that these, together with Edith Stein’s text, may help bring into relief the many background details of the rich autobiographical work she has left us.


**Chosen "Best Spirituality Book of 1986" by the Catholic Press Association**


What they're saying about this book...

"A splendid translation, filled with a deep understanding of Edith Stein."

- Cistercian Studies