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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.

There were exceptions—people who risked their lives to do what was right, such as Austrian Catholic and Third Order Franciscan Franz Jägerstätter. Robert Ellsberg, author of The Franciscan Saints, talks about this man’s heroic life.

The Franciscan Saints, by Robert Ellsberg


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