The Edith Stein Society is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations established in Poland after the turn of 1989. It was established on the initiative of a group of people fascinated by the life and philosophical thought of Edith Stein. Among them were: Father Jerzy Witek, Ernest Niemczyk and Danuta Skraba – associated with the parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Wrocław, Sławomir Kowalewski – historian, as well as a group of young people from the University of Wrocław under the leadership of Rafał Dutkiewicz (former president of Wrocław) and Wojciech Hann, who soon became the first president of the Edith Stein Society.
In 1995 the Society became the owner of Edyta Stein’s family house at 38 Nowowiejska Street, where it has had its official head office since 1999. From that moment the striving to professionalise its activity began. The most important step was the establishment of the Program Department in 2003, thanks to which the Society can boast about its rich cultural offer, and the Edith Stein House is vibrant with life.