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Josef Lenzel

Josef Lenzel 21 April 1890 – 3 July 1942 was a German Roman Catholic priest active in resistance movement against the National Socialism, who died in the Dachau concentration camp where he had been sent as a result of his work with Polish forced labourers


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Memorials
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 External links
  • 5 References


Lenzel was born in 1891 in Breslau now Wrocław in Prussian Silesia In 1911, he started his theological studies at the University in Breslau, and was ordained as a priest on 3 June 1915 in Breslau Cathedral He became a vicar in Wołów immediately after this, and in 1916 became a vicar in Berlin-Pankow In 1929, he became a rector, then a titulary provost of St Mary Magdalene’s parish in Berlin-Niederschönhausen During the Second World War, he helped Polish obligatory workers in his parish; his help was viewed unkindly by local Nazi authorities In January 1942, during his preparations for a mass for maltreated Poles, he was arrested by the Gestapo and then sent to the Dachau concentration camp He died there on 3 July 1942 from ill-treatment and exhaustion [1]


  • Commemorative plaque in a cript of St Hedwig's Cathedral,
  • Commemorative plaque on a symbolic tomb in memorial of Josef Lenzel, in front of St Mary Magdalene’s parish in Berlin-Niederschönhausen
  • Street named Pfarrer-Lenzel-Straße in Berlin-Pankow


  • Helmut Moll, Ursula Pruss, Pfarrer Josef Lenzel In: Zeugen für Christus Das deutsche Martyrologium des 20 Jahrhunderts von im Auftrag der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz site 101–104 Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 1999
  • Heinz Kühn, Blutzeugen des Bistums Berlin Klausener, Lichtenberg, Lampert, Lorenz, Simoleit, Mandrella, Hirsch, Wachsmann, Metzger, Schäfer, Willimsky, Lenzel, Froehlich Morus-Verlag, Berlin 1952

External links

  • Website of Diocese of Münster: Josef Lenzel’s biography German
  • Website of Archidiocese of Berlin: Reminiscence of priest Josef Lenzel as a victim of nazism German


  1. ^ Archives of Archidiocese of Berlin: Biographical note for Josef Lenzel Archived 2012-03-31 at the Wayback Machine German

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