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Blessed Franz Jägerstätter was an Austrian conscientious objector during WWII. He was imprisoned and eventually executed for refusing to fight for the Nazis or swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler. In 2007 he was officially declared a martyr by Pope Benedict XVI and was later beatified. His story has inspired many who have been pressured to behave in a manner contradictory to their faith.
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References and further reading/listening/viewing:
Gordon Charles Zahn, In Solitary Witness: The Life and Death of Franz Jägerstätter
Erna Putz, Franz Jagerstatter: Letters and Writings from Prison
Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, pt. 1790.