As a child, young Franz saw his father go off to fight in the Great War. As a young man, Franz and his young wife, Fani, dare to begin a family under the shadow of Hitler's Germany. While the New Order closes in around their Austrian homeland, Catholic students are recruited to help hunt out Jews. At the same time, Franz's trusted parish priest, Father Otto - risking his own incarceration - hopes that the Catholic Church will speak out and tell Austrians what to do in the face of Hitler's rise to power. The conflict created by Hitler's oppression of Catholics; the Vatican's fear of Hitler's own enemy, Soviet atheistic communism; and Franz's concern for and indebtedness to the priests who helped to raise him take him through an odyssey of intrigue, resistance, and survival during the dark years of World War II.
"A recent long road trip was made much more palatable by an unabridged audiobook version of Maryknoll Father Jim Sinnott's Sonderling, an excellent biography of Franz Jaegerstatter, a Catholic conscientious objector in Austria during Hitler's occupation. The story was well told, making Jaegerstatter very accessible and thereby challenging to all of us who think ourselves excused from heroism by our ordinariness." (Marie Dennis, Sojourners magazine)
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A Hero for our times
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