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The Franciscan Saints: Franz Jägerstätter

Third Order Franciscan, Conscientious Objector and Martyr (1907–1943) Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant and devout Catholic, was executed for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army. He was known in his village of St. Radegund as a man of honesty and principle, devoted to his family and his faith, a sacristan in his parish church, who in 1940 had joined the Third Order of St. Francis.
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Franz Jägerstätter: Franciscan Spirit, Saintly Life

Perhaps no other event in world history illustrates the depths of human cruelty quite like the Holocaust. More than six decades have passed, but the shadows of that era linger still. Apart from the bravery and resolve of the Jewish people—those who survived and those who didn’t—few shards of light penetrated such unparalleled darkness.
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