Between 1940-1949

The Second World War and the terrible persecution of the Jews which it engendered,  led Sr. Margaret to make heroic efforts to save the persecuted. They were hidden in our motherhouse and in every house where our Sisters lived. 

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Sr. Sara Salkahazi was martyred for this cause. On the evening of December 27, 1944 six people were stripped naked and shot into the icy Danube. According to an eye-witness, before her execution Sister Sára knelt down, facing the executioners, and looking up into the sky, she signed herself with the cross.

Her Beatification took place in Budapest, on September 17, 2006

More about her: on the website Sára Salkaházi 1899-1944

Along with the rescue efforts Sr. Margaret also had a leading role in the resistance to Nazi ideology. She gave talks and organized study days and courses on the values of the Gospel and on the evil of racism.

In 1944 she wrote her Credo, the summary of her leading principles. 

During the Second World War and the terrible years of persecution of the Jewish people, the Sisters of Social Service rescued about a thousand of individuals.

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