The Word Among Us

September 2011 Issue

Traitor, Fanatic, or Saint?

The Troubling Witness of Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter

By: Dorothy Garrity Ranaghan

Traitor, Fanatic, or Saint?: The Troubling Witness of Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter by Dorothy Garrity Ranaghan

It was a warm summer night in 1938. In a tiny Austrian village, Franz Jaegerstaetter startled awake, terrified by a vivid dream. In it he saw a “shining train circling a mountain” and men, women, and children rushing to get a place on it. Then, suddenly, he heard a voice that warned: “This train is going to hell.”

Franz’s terror over the dream never faded, and as he pondered its meaning, he came to see the train as symbolizing Nazism. How he responded...

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