Tuesday, March 1, 2016

UNO Press Issues First English Translation of Biographical Play about Catholic Martyr Franz Jägerstätter

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UNO Press has released an English language translation of “Jägerstätter,” a drama following the life of a Catholic martyr whose conscientious objection to the Third Reich led to his 2007 beatification. The tragic play examines the conditions surrounding Franz Jägerstätter’s martyrdom and issues in society of annexed Austria. Originally authored by leading Austrian playwright Felix Mitterer, the new English translation is the work of professors Gregor Thuswaldner and Robert Dassanowsky. This publication is part of a series of volumes from UNO Press edited by Günter Bischof, Marshall Plan professor of history and director of CenterAustria at the University of New Orleans.

Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943) was an Austrian farmer who declared he could not be both a Catholic and a National Socialist. His convictions led to his execution, leaving his family of five to grieve the loss of their husband and father. Though beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, Jägerstätter was a contradictory Catholic: he was a sporadic churchgoer for much of his life, had a child out of wedlock, and was arrested for beating another man.

Gregor Thuswaldner is professor of German and linguistics at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He is also co-founder and academic director of The Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts. Robert Dassanowsky is professor of German and film, director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He is also an independent film producer.

Series editor Günter Bischof is a native of Austria and graduate of the University of Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans and Harvard (Ph.D. ‘89). He is a university research professor of history, the Marshall Plan Professor and director of CenterAustria: The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies at the University of New Orleans. In addition to the Central European history, culture and literature series, Bischof is publishing a contemporary Austrian studies series with UNO Press.

The University of New Orleans Center for the Book and UNO Press seek to publish work that contributes to the rich cultural tradition of New Orleans and the surrounding region as well as work that contributes to the intellectual and aesthetic life of academic and general audiences everywhere.