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14 May 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Conscience that would not be silenced

The Tablet has reported on many despots and regimes but few have matched the Nazis for their ruthlessness in dealing with their opponents. For one reader of this publication, it was the journal itself that was seen as evidence of his stand against Hitler – a stand that led to his death Looking back over my 26 years as The Tablet’s Vienna correspondent, I can think of no more remarkable story than that of Blessed Jakob Gapp. This Austrian priest and martyr drew direct inspiration from The Tablet as he opposed Hitler and the Nazis, for which he was executed in 1943. Indeed, he was questioned about the journal by his Nazi interrogators in the days leading up to his death.Jakob Gapp was born in the small market town of Wattens, in Tyrol, in 1897. His father was a factory worker a


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