Monday 23 July 2018

Priest who defied Hitler 'showed great courage'

Author David Rice, left, at the launch of his book with film and television director Lenny Abrahamson at Hodges Figgis in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Author David Rice, left, at the launch of his book with film and television director Lenny Abrahamson at Hodges Figgis in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Ryan Nugent

Acclaimed film director Lenny Abrahamson says courage is needed in the face of current political challenges - as he launched a book on a priest who said no to Hitler.

Irish author David Rice penned his book, titled 'I Will Not Serve', about priest Franz Reinisch who refused to take the oath to the Nazi dictator in 1942.

Abrahamson, who is Jewish, said at the launch in Dublin's Hodges Figgis: "At the moment, we face a lot of political challenges globally and what's needed in the face of those challenges is a certain kind of courage.

"And I think what Franz Reinisch demonstrates is an inspiration in that he was prepared to sacrifice everything to resist what he knew was wrong."

Irish Independent

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