Franz Jagerstatter: Letters And Writings From Prison

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Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer, devoted husband and father, and devout Catholic, was executed in 1943 for refusing to serve in the Nazi army. Before taking this stand Jaumlet;gerstaumlet;tter had consulted both his pastor and his local bishop, who instructed him to do his duty and to obey the law - an instruction that violated his conscience. For many years Jaumlet;gerstaumler;tter's solitary witness was honored by the Catholic peace movement, while viewed with discomfort by many of his fellow Austrians. Now, with his beatification in 2007, his example has been embraced by the universal church. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jim Forestp. ix
Overview: A Prophet, Martyr, and Saintp. xxxi
The Correspondence Between Franz and Franziska Jäet;gerstäet;tter
Military Training Letters (June 18-October 30, 1940)p. 3
Military Training Letters (November 1-December 31, 1940)p. 23
Military Training Letters (January 1-April 8, 1941)p. 52
Linz Prison Letters (March 1-May 4, 1943)p. 80
Berlin-Tegel Prison Letters (May 7-September 5, 1943)p. 109
Early Writings And Essays
Early Writings (1932 and 1935)
Two Poemsp. 143
Franz Jäet;gerstäet;tter's Letter to His Godson Franz Huber, 1935p. 145
Notebook I (Summer 1941-Winter 1942)p. 150
On Faithp. 151
On Humilityp. 153
On Prayerp. 154
On the Our Fatherp. 155
On Sinp. 156
On the Four Last Thingsp. 157
"A Person's Character Shows Itself in Suffering,"p. 159
On Our Fear of Other Peoplep. 160
On the Blessed Sacramentp. 162
On the Feast of the Holy Familyp. 164
We Must Always Be Children before Godp. 166
On Lovep. 167
On Readingp. 167
A Brief Reflection on the Current Erap. 170
Notebook II (1942)p. 172
On Today's Issue: Catholic or National Socialist?p. 173
Brief Thoughts on Our Past, Present, and Futurep. 176
Bolshevism or National Socialismp. 181
A Game of Deceitp. 183
On the Loss of Responsibilityp. 185
Is It Still Possible to Do Something?p. 187
Is There Still a God?p. 188
War or Revolution?p. 189
On Dangerous Weaponsp. 191
Separate Essays (December 1941-January 1943)p. 192
"Heavens Send Down Righteousness, and Clouds Water It" (December 1941)p. 192
On Belonging to the National Socialist Party and Making Sacrifices for Itp. 195
A Just or Unjust War?p. 197
We Should Be Lay Apostlesp. 198
We Pray for Peace, and Yet We Fight, Sacrifice, and Work for a National Socialist Victoryp. 198
On Not Condemning Othersp. 199
After This Warp. 201
Some Words, Which Apply to All of Us, concerning the Reading of Christian Journals and Edifying Booksp. 203
On Death!p. 204
Toward a Spiritual Reflectionp. 206
A Reflection on God's Love for Us Human Beingsp. 206
Ten [Eleven] Questionsp. 207
Notebook III (Late 1942 or Early 1943)p. 209
Notebook IV (May-August 1943)p. 213
Last Thoughts (July-August 1943)p. 234
Appendix: People and Events in Franz Jäet;gerstäet;tter's Lifep. 246
Biographical Informationp. 246
A Chronology of Franz Jäet;gerstäet;tter's Life and the History of the Third Reichp. 249
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