Hunger for holiness is a hunger for beauty. Polish Bonhoeffer. Martyr.

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On the 31st of March, 53 years ago this woman was murdered in a gas chamber in Ravensbruck concentration camp. These are the words of this woman, which I think of as a “Polish Bonhoeffer”.

“Double hunger is within me. Hunger for holiness and hunger for beauty. In reality, they are the same”

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Natalia Tulasiewicz (1906 – 1945), teacher for Poznan, following the ways of John of the cross, Theresa of Avila, Francis of Assissi. A leader in the apostolate of lay people. Propagator of positive ascetic life, deeply rooted in everyday life.
During the occupation, she volunteered to leave for the Third Reich together with other women condemned to do heavy work in order to give them spiritual comfort.

During this time she organized prayer meetings, she would instruct and teach and bring hope to the others. When the Gestapo found out, she was arrested, tortured, publicly humiliated and condemned to death in the Ravensbruck camp.

At the end of the world Germans were killing masses of weak prisoners. Natalia was ready to offer her life as an offering to God, although she was dreaming about apostolic work after the world was over. In the camp, although totally exhausted, she was still teaching young girls. On Good Friday, after being chosen to go to the gas chamber, she climbed a stool in the hut and spoke to the prisoners on the passion and resurrection of Christ. Two days later she died in a gas-chamber.

The very next day the camp was liberated by Russians and allies.

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Ravensbruck camp barracks

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Ravensbruck camp crematorium

Never again will they hunger;

never again will they thirst.

The sun will not beat upon them,

nor any scorching heat.

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;

he will lead them to springs of living water.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Rev 7:16

 

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31 marca, 53 lata temu Natalia Tulasiewicz zostala zmaordowana w obozie koncentracyjnym w Ravensbruck. Oto slowa kobiety, ktora uwazam, ze mozna nazwac “Polskim Bonhoefferem”.

“Trawi mnie w życiu głód podwójny. Głód świętości i głód piękna. W istocie jest to jedno i to samo.”

Natalia Tulasiewicz (1905 – 1945), nauczycielka z Poznania, podazajaca droga Jana od Krzyza, Teresy z Avila, Franciszka z Asyzu. Lider pracy apostolskiej wsrod laikatu. Propagatorka ascezy pozytywnej, gleboko zakorzenionej w zyciu codziennym.

W czasie II wojny światowej sama zadeklarowala wyjazd do Trzeciej Rzeszy, aby wspomagac duchowo kobiety skazane na przymusowa ciezka prace. W Hanowerze organizowala spotkania modlitewne, wyglaszala konferencje, przywracala nadzieje. Aresztowana przez Gestapo za swoja dzialalnosc, torturowana, publicznie ponizana i skazana na smierc w obozie konentracyjnym w Ravensbruck.

U schyłku wojny Niemcy masowo gazowali najsłabsze więźniarki. Natalia była wewnętrznie gotowa złożyć życie w ofierze Bogu i choć marzyła wciąż o powojennej pracy literacko-apostolskiej, nie chciała się ukrywać, całkowicie zdana na wolę Boga. W Niedzielę Palmową ostatkiem sił zorganizowała nabożeństwo na rozpoczęcie Wielkiego Tygodnia, by uczcić Mękę Pańską. W Wielki Piątek 31 marca 1945 roku, na porannym apelu zmuszono ją do przespacerowania się przed szpalerem Niemców. Dwie gimnazjalistki, chcąc pomóc wycieńczonej Natalii, wzięły ją pod rękę, ale oprawca odepchnął je. Zostala skazana na smierc. W dzien smierci, stojac na stolku w obozowym baraku, przemowila do wiezniow na temat meki i zmartwychwstania Jezusa. Zamordowana w Wielki Piatek, 31 marca.

Następnego dnia, w Wielką Sobotę, Niemcy rozbierali komin krematorium – alianci i Rosjanie stali już u bram obozu. Oboz zostal wyzwolony jeden dzien po jej smierci.

Nie będą już łaknąć ani nie będą już pragnąć,

i nie porazi ich słońce ani żaden upał,

bo paść ich będzie Baranek, który jest pośrodku tronu,

i poprowadzi ich do źródeł wód życia:

i każdą łzę otrze Bóg z ich oczu.

Ap 7:16

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5 thoughts on “Hunger for holiness is a hunger for beauty. Polish Bonhoeffer. Martyr.

  1. So basically she wasn’t a Jew…nor handicapped or in the “restance movement” or what have you…she was a Christian. And they killed her along with the rest.
    People really don’t realize that others were killed….the non Jew, the non handicapped or retarded..or workers against the Nazi regime…many Christians were killed as well during this time.
    Yes Deitrich Bonhoeffer was probably the most well known Christian that we know of that was killed.
    It’s good you spotlighted one more that was slaughtered during this horrible time.
    She was indeed a Martyr. There must have been thousands more that we will never know about until we meet them one day.

  2. About 6 million Poles died during WWII. Half of them were Jewish Poles. We don’t know exactly how many were killed by Stalin.

    These are the numbers:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_crimes_against_ethnic_Poles

    Ca. 2.5 million Poles deported for forced labor, which probably caused the majority of Polish victims of the German occupation;

    – ca. 900,000 Poles expelled from their land to make room for German settlers, “countless victims” during this process;

    – ca. 860,000 Poles taken to prisons or concentration camps, where many of them died;

    – “umpteen thousands” killed in reprisal actions for partisan attacks;

    – many people shot so that their children could be “germanized”;

    – ca. 150,000 civilians killed during the repression of the Warsaw Revolt in 1944;

    – about 2.4 – 2.7 million non-Jewish victims in total (a figure somewhat higher than the one mentioned on the USHMM site, probably based on postwar estimates superseded by more recent research).

  3. i agree with the secret gardener you did spot like a wonderful woman. she reminds me of corrie ten boom,(she also was a christian) who along with her father and two sisters, and brother risked their lives as well to help.it sadens me that there are so few people in this world today that would risk their own lives to help those in need. that’s what this world needs more of is love and compasion.

  4. It is interesting to note that, neither in the descriptive text, or in the tags, is not the word JEW. Would this be a dirty word and repulsive ? Or is it once again to change the color of historical facts? Do not forget the Polish non-Jews have not yet expressed any regret for their national active complicity in the destruction of entire Jewish communities …

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