By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
I wish to remember this brave man today, the anniversary of his death 80 years ago. He was an Austrian like the ‘Führer’ Adolf Hitler, but someone who gave up his life to save others. You can find more about him here. It is not too long.
He was born in January 1900 so was 42 years old at the time of his death. he is said to have been
A devout but apolitical Roman Catholic and an electrician by profession
German historian Wolfram Wette describes him as a non-ideological humanitarian whose opposition to Nazism stemmed purely from his respect for human life.
He was one of only three Wehrmacht soldiers who were executed for helping Jews.
The trial record did not survive, so researchers are unsure who denounced him or exactly what offenses he was charged with.
Please excuse the pun, but he was an electrician and he was put on a charge!
Again I note
In his final letter to his family, Schmid wrote, “I have just acted as a human and I did not want to hurt anyone.”
He made this statement to a Jew he helped.
We all must die. But if I can choose whether to die as a murderer or a helper, I choose death as a helper.
There is a plaque in his memory
“Here Rests A Man Who Thought It Was More Important To Help His Fellow Man Than To Live”.
There is this comment.
Wolfram Wette described Schmid as “one of the gold grains hidden under the heap of rubble” in the history of Nazi Germany, as there were so few Germans willing to risk their lives to help Jews.
It should be noted that
As of 2009, the Third Reich’s treason convictions of Wehrmacht soldiers have not been annulled.
Is this still the case? If so we ought to ask ourselves why.
In this week when many people remember what is called the passion of Jesus Christ, we remember someone else who gave His life to save others, to set an example.
But today remember Anton if you will, who gave his life willingly, a man who obeyed the two great commandments to love God and love his neighbour as himself.
He did not love his earthly life so much that he was not willing to give up his physical life in the service of others, like his lord Jesus.
I bow my head to you dear Anton. Thank you so much.
P.S. See you at the resurrection.
P.P.S. As 42 is the ultimate answer to all ultimate questions, and as Anton was 42 years old when he died what is the ultimate question in this case? Answers on a post card or back of an envelope and mail them to yourself or anyone else you fancy.
Or not, as the case may be. Alternatively try this.
As to why Germany/Austria seems not to have annulled treason convictions of Wehrmacht soldiers see this, explaining the goings on re Covid 19 and who is behind it.