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News Weekly, March 7, 2020

DOLLFUSS: An Austrian Patriot
by Fr Johannes Messner
Foreword by Dr Alice von Hildebrand
Introduction 
by Dr John Zmirak

Terrence Malik’s movie, A Hidden Life, has returned our attention in a poignant manner to the history of the mid 20th century by uncovering to us the heroism of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II and paid the ultimate price.

So it is an opportune moment to draw attention to another Austrian peasant who stood up to the Nazis and was murdered by them: Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss.

U.S. commentator Anthony Esolen wrote movingly of him recently: “It is July 25, 1934. The scene is the chancellery of Austria.

“A man lay on the floor, bleeding to death, while his Nazi executioners looked on in cold delight. He asked for a doctor. They refused. He asked for a priest, for the last rites. They refused. Two of the captured guards came to him and tried to stanch his bleeding with a bandage. He thanked them, and said: ‘I never wanted anything other than peace. We were never the aggressors. We were always forced to defend ourselves. May God forgive them.’

“The man was the Catholic Chancellor of Austria, Engelbert Dollfuss.”

Who was Engelbert Dollfuss? He was a lone voice of old Europe against the madness of Nazism and the inhumanity of collectivism.

Esolen writes: “When he became Chancellor in 1932, Austria bristled with socialist and nationalist parties, armed with militias and eager for violent revolution to get their way.

“Dollfuss saw that the ordinary machinery of democracy would prove worse than useless: the Nazis wanted disarray in Austria. So, in 1933, he dissolved parliament and established the Patriotic Front, to unite all who sought first the independence of their nation and resistance against the Nazis.”

Standing at barely 152 centimetres (five feet tall), Dollfuss was called the “MilliMetternich” (Metternich was Austria’s minister for foreign affairs and chancellor during the 19th century).

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