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  • Introduction
    Jim Forest
  • Translator
    Robert Krieg

Franz Jagerstatter

Letters and Writings from Prison

Published by Orbis Books .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer, a devoted husband and father, and a devout Catholic, was executed in 1943 as a result of his refusal to serve in the Nazi army. Before taking this stand Jagerstatter consulted both his pastor and his local bishop, who instructed him to do his duty to the fatherland and to obey the law and instruction that violated his conscience. For many years Jagerstatter'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 witness has been embraced by the universal church. He stands as one of the great witnesses and martyrs of our time.
These writings, including correspondence between Franz and his wife Franziska and a series of reflections written in prison, represent the first English translation of Jagerstatter's writings. An introduction by Jim Forest and notes by the translator, Robert Krieg, set these writings in the context of Franz's life and times. His moving expression of faith and his unswerving obedience to conscience carry an urgent message for today: "Although people have accused me of criminal behavior and condemned me to death, be consoled knowing that in God's eyes not everything is criminal which the world perceives to be criminal"

Table of Contents

Overview: A Prophet, Martyr, and Saint
Part One
The Correspondence Between Franz and Franziska Jagerstatter
1. Military Training Letters (June 18 - October 30, 1940)
2. Military Training Letters (November 1 - December 31, 1940)
3. Military Training Letters (January 1 - April 8, 1941)
4. Linz Prison Letters (March 1 - May 4, 1943)
5. Berlin-Tegel Letters (May 7 - September 5, 1943)
Part Two
Early Writings and Essays
6. Early Writings (1932 and 1935)
Two Poems
Franz Jagerstatter's Letter to his godson Franz Huber, 1935
7. Notebook I (Summer 1941 - Winter 1942)
On Faith
On Humility
On Prayer
On the Our Father
On Sin
On the Four Last Things
"A Person's Character Shows in Suffering"
On Our Fear of Other People
On the Blessed Sacrament
On the Feast of the Holy Family
We Must Always Be Children before God
On Love
On Reading
A Brief Reflection on the Current Era
8. Notebook II (1942)
On Today's Issue: Catholic or National Socialist?
Brief Thoughts on Our Past, Present, and Future
Bolshevism or National Socialism
A Game of Deceit
On the Loss of Responsibility
Is It Still Possible to Do Something?
Is There Still a God?
War or Revolution?
On Dangerous Weapons
9. Separate Essays (December 1941 - January 1943)
"Heavens Send Down Righteousness, and Clouds Water It"
On Belonging to the National Socialist Party and Making Sacrifices for It
A Just or Unjust War?
We Should Be Lay Apostles
We Pray for Peace, and Yet We Fight, Sacrifice, and Work for a National Socialist Victory
On Not Condemning Others
After This War
Some Words, Which Apply to All of Us, concerning the Reading of Christian Journals and Edifying Books
On Death!
Toward a Spiritual Reflection
A Reflection on God's Love for Us Human Beings
Ten [Eleven] Questions
10. Notebook III (Late 1942 or Early 1943)
11. Notebook IV (May - August 1943)
12. Last Thoughts (July - August 1943)
Appendix: People and Events in Franz Jagerstatter's Life
Biographical Information
A Chronology of Franz Jagerstatter's Life and the History of the Third Reich

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Number of pages
9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
14.4 ounces

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