For the readable story go to the Michigan Catholic newspaper site.
It is a companion piece to the story of Orchard Lake Seminiary's celebration of 1050 years of Polish Cathoicism.
Otto at 17
Otto Schimek a 19 year old Austrian soldier, under pain of his own death, refused to fight for Hitler in southern Poland. After almost three years of research, this story ever more necessary in our world of increasing violence, begins to be told in the U.S. media. It is just one of many similar stories of the faithful courage not to kill, that I find as I look further into the period of WWII, and all the decades of war since. May we all find more of this courage.
Illumination by Kathy Brahney