Holy Disobedience

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Holy Disobedience. Franz J ä gerst ä tter was born in Austria in May 1907. He was married to Franziska and together they had three daughters. When the Nazi party took control of Austria in 1938 Franz refused any collaboration right from the start. In 1940 he was called up for military service. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Franz Jgersttter was born in Austria in May 1907.

  • He was married to Franziska and together they had three daughters.

  • When the Nazi party took control of Austria in 1938 Franz refused any collaboration right from the start.

  • In 1940 he was called up for military service.His home village twice declared him indispensible so he was allowed home to work on his farm after six months training.In 1943 he refused to obey another call-up.

  • People tried to persuade him to reconsider his decisionHis motherAll his fellow Catholics in his villageThe priests to whom he turned for guidanceEven the bishop told him it was his duty to serveIt is not for you to say whether your nations war is just or unjust

  • Franziska hoped for a way out but stood by him in his decision.

  • I would be acting against my religious conscienceif I were to fight for the national socialist stateI cannot be a national socialist and a Catholic at the same timethere are circumstances when one has to obey God more than peopleby virtue of the commandmentyou shall love your neighbour as yourselfI am not permitted to fightnevertheless I am ready to serve as a medical orderly.

  • For subverting military forces Franz Jgersttter was sentenced to death.On 9 August 1943 he was beheaded in Brandenburg/Havel Prison.His offer to serve as a medical orderly was not accepted.

  • I am convinced that it is still best that I speak the truth, even if it costs me my life. For you will not find it written in any of the commandments of God or of the Church that a man is obliged under pain of sin to take an oath committing him to obey whatever might be commanded of him by a secular ruler.

    Franz Jgersttter, letter from prison, 1943

  • On 26 October 2007 Franz Jgersttter was recognised as a martyr and beatified by the Catholic Church.

  • Even if I write these words with my hands in chains, I still find that much better than if my will were in chains. Neither prison, nor chains, nor sentence of death, can separate me from the love of God, can rob a man of his faith and his free will. Obviously, God gives so much strength to those who love Him and who do not give priority to the world rather than to eternity. The power of God cannot be overcome.

    Franz Jgersttter, after his sentence, Berlin, July 1943