St. Edith Stein (1891 – 1942) came from a Jewish family in Poland. After accepting Christ, she became a Carmelite nun with the name St. Benedicta of the Cross. When the Nazis persecuted the Jews during World War II, St. Edith was also arrested and sent to the Auschwitz camp. She remained calm and prayed fervently for peace. She had a chance to escape but she chose to remain with her people to her death. Her feast day is on 9 August.