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Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg (December 3, 1875November 5, 1943) was a Germanmarker Catholic priest and theologian.

Lichtenberg was born in Ohlau marker, Prussian Silesiamarker, near Breslau marker, and studied theology in Innsbruckmarker, Austriamarker. He was then ordained priest in 1899.

Lichtenberg began his ministry in Berlinmarker in 1900 as parson in Charlottenburgmarker. For a time he also was a member of the local parliament for the Centre Party. In 1931, the bishop of Berlin appointed him as Canon of the Cathedral Chapter of St Hedwig and in 1938 provost of the cathedral and committed him to help Jews.

After the Kristallnacht, the first organized Nazi pogrom in Germany, he used to pray publicly for Jews at Evening prayer. He also protested against the euthanasia programme, and was condemned to prison in 1942. Because he was considered incorrigible, he was sent to the Dachau concentration campmarker, but he collapsed and died while in transit.

On 23 June 1996, Pope John Paul II, during his visit to Germany, beatified Lichtenberg as "Blessed". The process of his canonization is pending.

His tomb is situated in the crypt of St. Hedwig's Cathedralmarker in Berlin.


  • Bernhard Lichtenberg article at Yad Vashemmarker.
  • Kevin P. Spicer, “Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler's Berlin,” (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2004). See chapter 7, "The Unique Path of Bernhard Lichtenberg."

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