The National Socialist rulers cremated the bodies of the resistance fighters after their execution and scattered the ashes over the fields, thus trying to destroy any form of commemoration of the human beings and the fundamental values which they had defended with their lives. The Martyr Nikolaus Groß was also denied a grave as a place of commemoration, mourning and worship.
This strategy of the National Socialists has not proved successful. Very soon, as early as in the 1940s the people in the Ruhr area and in other parts of Germany have expressed their admiration for Elisabeth and Nikolaus Groß. The naming of streets, squares and schools, the creation of reliefs, church windows and other works of art, as well as the regular celebration of remembrance days, pilgrimages, religious services and prayers are signs of a grassrooted culture of worship and commemoration which reached its climax with the beatification ceremony on 7th October 2001. This page offers comprehensive information about the various forms of commemoration and worship.