Edith Stein - The Philosopher Saint



Adapted by Hattie Naylor, with Fiona Shaw as the voice of Edith Stein.

Edith Stein was born into a German Jewish family.

A precociously intelligent child, she became a brilliant philosopher, working alongside Edmund Husserl, the father of phenomenology.

By 1933, the year that Hitler came to power, she had converted to Catholicism and decided to become a cloistered Carmelite nun.

Nine years later she was taken from the convent by the Nazis and killed at Auschwitz.

In 1998 she was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

Fiona Shaw looks back on the life and work of a most remarkable woman.