The Word Among Us

July/August 2019 Issue

The Conscience of Parliament

Blessed Hildegard Burjan practiced her faith in the public square.

By: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

The Conscience of Parliament: Blessed Hildegard Burjan practiced her faith in the public square. by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

A common expression summed up the place of women in German society in the 1900s: Kinder, Küche, Kirche or “Children, Kitchen, Church.” Such expectations did nothing to stop Hildegard Burjan, a laywoman with chronic health problems, from becoming socially and politically active during the World War I era. With God’s help, Hildegard saw what she called “the distress of the times” and responded with love.

Searching for Truth. Hildegard was born on January 30, 1883, the second daughter of Abraham and Berta Freund, a Jewish couple living...

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