Kaj Munk

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Birthday
13, 1898
Birthplace
Denmark
Death Date
Jan 4, 1944 (45)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
13, 1898
Birthplace
Denmark
Death Date
Jan 4, 1944 (45)

About

Danish pastor who was killed by Nazi Gestapo for giving a sermon at Copenhagen's Church of Our Lady in 1944. He is considered a martyr by the Lutheran Church.

Before Fame

He was born on the island of Lolland and began serving as the vicar of Vederso in 1924.

Trivia

He was also a respected playwright whose religiously-themed plays, such as 1925's "Ordet," have lived on in Christian culture.

Family Life

He was born Kaj Harald Leininger Petersen. The name Munk comes from the family who raised him after his parents' death.

Associated With

He wrote a harshly critical open letter to dictator Benito Mussolini in 1938.