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Franz Jägerstätter: Better The Hands In Chains, Than The Will

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This chapter talks about the preliminary results of the author investigations into Franz Jägerstätter. In some parts of the world and in periods during the last century, Christian faith only meant resistance. Those who resisted paid the price: martyrdombecause Christian faith and political action could not be separated. The chapter deals with the childhood and youth life, and family of Franz Jägerstätter. The end of the Passion Plays, due to the German closure of the border, may provide part of the explanation as to why there were no Nazis in St. Radegrund when German troops marched into Austria in 1938. This may also explain why none of the inhabitants wanted to become mayor of the village under the new Nazi regime after 1938. In the words to cast off responsibility and to act despite knowing better, Jägerstätter sees the sweet sounding words and the individual guilt.

Keywords: cast off responsibility; Christian faith; Franz Jägerstätter; Nazi regime; Radegrund; resistance

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