In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan… as we shiver into another year, its pages blank and ready to be written, January brings us hope and new beginnings. Perhaps a new book could bring inspiration, comfort or a challenge. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Eliot (1834–1926)

The Salesian Martyrs of Auschwitz

The Salesian Martyrs of Auschwitz

Alasdair Richardson


When a small group of Salesian priests and brothers arrived in Poland at the end of the nineteenth century, they could never have foreseen the significance of the town in which they settled.

Paperback portrait 148mm x 210mm



ISBN 978-1-909080-68-3

That small town where the Salesians had first arrived forty years earlier would become the focus of the Nazis' persecution of Polish Catholics, and synonymous with the events of the war—Auschwitz. Twenty-two Salesian priests and brothers were sent to the extermination camp between 1940 and 1942. The few that survived went on to be incarcerated in other camps including Mauthausen, Neuengamme and Dachau. When peace finally came to Poland, only six of them had survived. This book tells the story of all of these Salesian martyrs of Auschwitz.