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    Abbé Franz Stock - Biography of Life

    Abbé Franz StockFranz Stock (21 September 1904, Neheim – 24 February 1948, Paris) was a German Roman Catholic priest. He is known for ministering to prisoners in France during World War II, and to German prisoners of war in the years following.

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    Franz Stock - a video portrait

    FFS Video Dranz Stock - a video portrait (18 min.) This video will give the viewer an overview of both Franz Stock's life, as well as of his peace aiming actions.

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    In the diary of Abbé Stock we read time and again entries like those: In

    „September 20, twelve executions (hostages).
    October 17, one execution (father of five children).
    December 14, 82 executions (hostages).”

    Solely in Winter 1941/42 there were about 500 executions.

     Hinrichtung am Mont Valerien
    And Abbé Stock is always present. He comforts the rampageous ones, caresses the quiet ones and weeps with those who are weeping. He listens to confessions and administers the last sacraments, reads from the old testament to persons of mosaic religion (of course, there are no longer any rabbis) and tries desperately to bring back those, who no longer want to know anything about God. Often this fails, frequently the men abuse their Creator and die with the name of Lenin on their lips.

    July 1942 Franz Stock, badly suffering of coronary heart disease to a friend: „I think very often, I cannot carry on. What I am doing here is so terrible, that for many nights I lie there sleepless.”

    In the preceding time he gets between all fronts. The Frenchmen denominate the blue-eyed blond at first contemptible a „Nazi Boche“, the worst of all imaginable insults, the Gestapo on the other hand and the cooperating French militia refuse the priest, who constantly refuses to wear the uniform of a military priest, at first the visit of political prisoners, but have to give in after a protest of the German Ambassador. Nevertheless their distrustfulness towards the „Friend of the Frenchmen“ persists.

    Not without reason: The „Boche“, at first turned down after a brief period of time is becoming the close friend of most captives. He smuggles stiffs into the cells and delivers messages to the family members, procures fresh underwear and lecture, cigarettes and candies and provides – which is for them the most important thing – spiritual aid for the hopeless and desperate ones.

    And he is just as cunning as courageous. Edmond Michelet, later the Minister for the French Army and of Justice, a brother-in-law of de Gaulle, recalls, how Abbé Stock has outmaneuvered the German guards in Fresnes, where Michelet was imprisoned.

    „This German priest performed his office with unbelievable friendliness, with tact and charity. When he left he slipped a bible towards me, which P. Maydieu, a true friend and no less loyal co-conspirator, had given to him; he promised me to come back next week. Then he made believe that he wished to leave – coming back – whispered with an even still more silent voice: „We want to pray together a last Ave Maria-“

    We had knelled down and turned our back towards the master sergeant. He continued with the same voice: “Ave Maria, gratia plena ... your wife has paid a visit to me yesterday, she is very well and the children too… Dominus tecum ... she wants to let you know that you should not worry, everything at home is fine ... benedicta tu in mulieribus."

    This was a very important message, because the Gestapo had made the captive believe, his wife was their hostage. Now, knowing, that she is free from danger he was able to look forward to the next interrogation with more composedness.

    But the executions continued and their number increased alarmingly after the landing of the Allied Forces in Normandy. About fourthousand prisoners had been shot to death during the occupation time in Paris, Abbé Stock has accompanied most of them to their death.

    Sometime in the end he stopped counting.


    News Les Amis de Franz Stock - France

    • Théâtre le 6 août 2022 à Paris
      01 July 2022

      Une pièce de théâtre inspirée de l'orchestre des femmes d'Auschwitz va être jouée à Paris en août.
      Le document ci dessous vient du filleul d'Helga Walbum, Sascha Dücker, chanteur et responsable du projet. 
      Les chants sont en allemand mais surtitrés en français.

      Cliquer ici pour lire le

    • Procédure de béatification de Franz Stock
      01 July 2022

      Chers Amis de Franz Stock,

      L'Archevêché de Paderborn a émis Jeudi 30 juin, un communiqué par lequel il annonce que la Congrégation pour la cause des saints à Rome a mis fin à la procédure de béatification de Franz Stock qui était en cours car « dans l'état actuel des choses les

    • Vendredi 10 juin, visite du SDB par des étudiants en théologie de Bavière
      13 June 2022

      Accompagné du Professeur Stephan Müller, professeur émérite de théologie morale de l'université  catholique de Eichstätt (Bavière), un groupe d'étudiants en théologie de cette université a visité le Séminaire des Barbelés le vendredi 10 juin 2022.

      A l'issue de cette visite guidée en allemand assurée par Jean Mercier, 
      le Professeur Müller a célébré une messe dans la chapelle du Séminaire.

      11 et 12 juin , exposition des artistes euréliens autour de Franz Stock
      09 June 2022

      Samedi 11 juin de 14h00 à 18h00 et dimanche 12 juin de 10h00 à 19h00 au Séminaire des Barbelés au Coudray (36 rue Bellangères) :
      Exposition des artistes euréliens.

      12e exposition autour de Franz Stock. Entrée libre.

      Dessin, peinture, sculpture, de nombreuses techniques artistiques seront présentées.


    • 26 mai 2022, visite du SDB par des pèlerins de la paroisse des Mureaux
      30 May 2022
      Un groupe de pèlerins de la Paroisse des Mureaux, accompagnés du Père Faure, se sont installés dans la Chapelle du Séminaire pour y suivre une conférence sur l'Abbé Franz Stock.
      Après un moment de concertation sur ce personnage, ils ont emprunté le parcours Franz Stock pour se rendre à pied à Notre Dame de Chartres.

    News Franz-Stock-Komitee - Germany

    • Terminübersicht
      01 January 2023

    • Verfahren zur Seligsprechung von Franz Stock eingestellt
      30 June 2022
      Nach anfänglich positiven Signalen vorerst keine weitere Prüfung
      Pressemitteilung des Erzbistums Paderborn vom 30.06.2022:

      Das Seligsprechungsverfahren des Paderborner Priesters Franz Stock ist ohne positives Ergebnis beendet worden. Das entschied die zuständige Kongregation für die Selig- und

    • Elternhaus Stock für Besucher geöffnet
      02 June 2022

      Das Elternhaus Stock ist weiterhin für Besucher geöffnet. Derzeit laufen die Vorbereitungen zur Erweiterung der Gedenkstätte im Elternhaus Stock. Bis zum Baubeginn dauert es noch etwas.

      Die Gedenkstätte in der Franz-Stock-Str. 18, 59755 Arnsberg-Neheim (

    • Wanderausstellung in St. Michael Arnsberg-Neheim
      01 June 2022

      Unsere Wanderausstellung "Franz Stock - Versöhnung durch Menschlichkeit" wird derzeit wieder in der St.-Michaels-Kirche Neheim, Alter Holzweg 1, 59755 Arnsberg gezeigt.

      Nach der Rückkehr vom Katholikentag in Stuttgart wird sie hier bis zur nächsten Ausleihe präsentiert.

      Öffnungszeiten der St.-Michaels-Kirche:
      Mo.: 9.00-17.00 Uhr,
      Di.-Sa.: 08.00-17.00 Uhr,
      So.: -
      (in den Schulferien

    • Wanderung zum Borberg am 13.08.2022
      26 May 2022

      Nachdem wir bereits 2020 und 2021 jeweils eine Wanderung zum Borberg mit Gottesdienst und anschließendem gemeinsamen Beisammensein angeboten haben, möchten wir an die schönen Erlebnisse und Gespräche anknüpfen und werden auch in diesem Jahr wieder eine Wanderung zum Borberg veranstalten. Auf dem alten Kreuzweg werden wir von Olsberg ausgehend an 13 Stationen Halt machen und uns von den spirituellen Texten Pfarrer Göddekes inspirieren lassen.


    VDFG / FAFAThe Franz Stock associations are cooperating with VDFG / FAFA. Vereinigung Deutsch-Französischer Gesellschaften für Europa e.V. (VDFG) is an association working in a supra-partisan and interdenominational way, having its French counterpart in the Associations Franco-Allemandes pour l´Europe (FAFA).

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