History in Pictures:
He was only 16 when he took his vows as a Passionist. At 23, he became an ordained priest. At age 50, he began the mission that would define his life. See a photo gallery documenting the accomplishments of Fr. Viktor Koch, C.P.
A Town in Crisis: Signal Corps Photos
Upon discovering a mass grave on the borders of Schwarzenfeld, the commander of an American infantry unit made a devastating ultimatum: the people of Schwarzenfeld had to disinter 140 bodies, wash them, clothe them in donated garments, and conduct a funeral—all in 48 hours.
A Life's Work: Fr. Viktor's German and Austrian Monasteries
It took a life—and herculean determination—to establish a Passionist province during the wake of World War I and the onset of World War II. See the sites that eventually became monasteries in the Passionist German-Austrian Foundation.
The Researchers in Germany: Our May 2005 Trip
Gary and Katherine Koch traveled to Schwarzenfeld, Germany, in 2005, sixty years after their relative saved the town. See photos of the trip, and their efforts to collect stories from the Germans who knew Fr. Viktor best.