An Act of Reparation is a two-act play by Cathal Gallagher and was produced by The G.K. Chesterton Theatre Company in 2010 in Los Angeles and directed by Maria Vargo
Franz Jagerstatter was born in St. Radegund, Austria in 1907. He was the illegitimate son of Rosalia Huber and Franz Bachmeier who was killed in the First World War. His mother later married a man named Heinrich Jagerstatter.
In early adulthood Franz acquired a reputation for being wild and reckless. He was a member of a village gang who fought rival gangs from neighboring villages. He also spent time in jail.
In 1936 Franz married Franziska Schwaningner. They had 3 children and lived on his mother's farm. In the Anchluss or the annexation of Austria into the German Reich, Franz was the only person in his village to vote no.
During the Second World War Franz was inducted into the German army. He reported to the Induction Center but refused to do military service because of his religious views. He was imprisoned in a military post first in Linz, Austria and later Berlin.
Franz was put on trial before a military tribunal and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed by guillotine on August 9, 1943. He was 36 years of age.