Hidden Yet Revealed

on the Martyrdom of Franz Jäggerstätter

Terrence Malick's 2019 film A Hidden Life tells the story of an obscure Austrian peasant, Franz Jäggerstätter, who, by refusing to sign the mandatory pledge of loyalty to Adolph Hitler during World War II, was found guilty of undermining the German war effort and was subsequently executed. His stance against Nazi ideology and the Hitler regime not only cost him his earthly life, but also earned his wife, three daughters, and elderly mother the pain and sorrow of losing a husband, father, and son, as well as the pain of enduring social ridicule from local villagers and even fellow churchgoers.

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Anthony Costello holds a BA in German from the University of Notre Dame and Master's degrees in Christian Apologetics and Theology from the Talbot School of Theology/Biola University. A former Catholic, now Evangelical, he served five-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan.


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