Title: FRANZ JAGERSTATTER: A MAN OF CONSCIENCE - MARTYRED BY THE NAZIS FOR HIS FAITH
In 1938, Hitler’s army occupied Austria. All men were ordered to enlist in the military. Franz Jagerstatter, a farmer and father of four, went into military training but refused to fight in Hitler’s army, knowing that he would face execution. His neighbors, pastor and even the bishop tried to convince Franz to enlist for the sake of his family. But Franz felt his faith and conscience compelled him to follow the teaching of God and not the decrees of the Third Reich. He was imprisoned, then executed on August 9, 1943 at the age of 36. In 2007, the Vatican declared Franz a true martyr, officially placing him in the process of sainthood. The deep faith and courage of this humble farmer is an inspiration to all, and leads many to say no to war and work for peace. “As he stood alone against the greatest force of evil in the 20th century, Franz Jagerstatter discovered that conscience is costly, faith is necessary and one man with courage is a majority.” - Martin Sheen. 24 minutes.
Themes: Faith, Conscience
Media ID: 62314
Publisher: Vision Video
Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult