Robert Ellsberg

Publisher's Letter: January 2020

“My dear loved ones, the hour draws ever nearer when I shall give my soul back to God.” So wrote Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer, as he awaited execution for his refusal to take an oath to Adolf Hitler. The story of this recently beatified saint is the subject of “A Hidden Life,” the acclaimed new film by Terrence Malick, which is based on our own Franz Jägerstätter: Letters and Writings from Prison, edited by Erna Putz, and translated into English by Robert Krieg.

Many reviews have noted the timeliness of this story of a man who followed his conscience at a time when lies and hatred were the currency of the land, and who willingly paid the ultimate price for his faithfulness. See the film, then read the book!

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