Ingbert Naab

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Naab, 1925
Ingbert Naab in Habit (1930)

Father Ingbert Naab (born November 5, 1885 in Dahn , † March 28, 1935 in Strasbourg ), baptized as Karl Borromäus Naab , was a German Catholic priest and member of the Capuchin order . He became known as an early resistance fighter against the ideology of National Socialism .


education and profession

Naab, who was raised in the Catholic faith by his parents, first attended school in his home town in the Palatinate . In 1898 he moved to Speyer , where he graduated from high school in 1905 as a boarding school student at the Bischöflichen Konvikt . In 1906 he joined the order of the Capuchins in Upper Bavaria. In the same year he began to study theology in Eichstätt and was ordained a priest there in 1910 . He celebrated the Primizmesse in Dahn.

In his home diocese of Speyer, Naab initially worked in the Capuchin Monastery of St. Ingbert between 1914 and 1916 . He then worked for his order in numerous offices and functions: lecturer of theology and clerical magister in Eichstätt, seminar director in Regensburg, guardian in Passau and Eichstätt, definitor and general curator , founder and editor of various youth magazines.

Resistance and flight

Naab's warning of Hitler's ideology (1931)

As early as 1923 Naab warned against racial doctrine and the principles of National Socialism, which could not be reconciled with Christianity and general ethics . He was the most important literary collaborator of Fritz Gerlich (murdered in 1934 in the Dachau concentration camp ), who published the newspaper Der direkt Weg . In this weekly, Naab and Gerlich predicted future political developments repeatedly and with terrifying clarity. With his open letter to Adolf Hitler of March 20, 1932 and his memorandum to the German Bishops' Conference of June 1934, Naab reached millions of citizens. He publicly called Hitler's work Mein Kampf "the handbook of demagogy".

Naab even been held since June 1933 under the name "Peregrine" ( Latin pilgrims ) on the run by Switzerland , the Czechoslovakia and Italy , before he held until his untimely death in the French Alsace theological for a few months lectures in Koenigshoffen held, which today is a district of Strasbourg .

The writer Luise Rinser published previously unknown details about this phase of life in her book The Truth about Konnersreuth :

As is known, Naab had been in contact with the stigmatized Therese Neumann in Konnersreuth for a long time . On the run, he always escaped from the Gestapo in the way and at the time that Therese Neumann advised him to do. He had changed his hiding place in Bavaria several times, and a house search was always carried out at the old location soon afterwards . Therese Neumann also recommended that he flee to Switzerland. For this purpose, her brother Ferdinand procured both false papers and civilian clothes and Naab shaved off the treacherous beard. When Ferdinand took him across the border, Naab hung up on a young woman and gave the impression of a traveling man of the world. Therese Neumann had prophesied to Naab when saying goodbye that he would die where he had his first monastery position as a Capuchin. This was the Königshofen monastery near Strasbourg, where he actually died in 1935.


In gratitude to the Provincial of the Bavarian Capuchin Province , Father Viktrizius Weiß , who had died in the name of holiness , who had personally accepted him into the order and on whose intercession he was freed from a life-threatening illness in 1926, Naab wrote his biography (see section Works ).

On April 21, 1953, Naab's remains were transferred from Strasbourg to Eichstätt and buried there in the cemetery of the Capuchin monastery.

The historian Rudolf Morsey wrote in 2010 that an academic appreciation of Naab was a desideratum .



Advertisement from the publisher (1930) for Naab's biography about Viktrizius Weiß
  • Character building . Issue 3, Volksverlag for Catholic Germany, 1913.
  • Practical Christianity . Issue 5, Volksverlag for Catholic Germany, 1914.
  • Faith Defense . Issue 7, Volksverlag for Catholic Germany, 1917.
  • P. Viktrizius White OMCap . A picture of life. Kösel & Pustet Verlag, Munich 1930.
  • Is Hitler a Christian? Munich 1931.

On March 26, 2010, the historian Theo Schwarzmüller presented Dahn Naab's newly discovered personal estate: 44 handwritten letters, numerous photos and testimonials from his school days in Speyer.


  • From 1922: The big sign . Association Journal of the Marian Student Congregation of Bavaria.
  • From 1924: The sea star . Practical religious monthly for the educated world of men.
  • From 1924: The way . Catholic student papers. Monthly for the upper classes of higher education institutions.
  • From 1925: Have a good trip . Monthly for the middle and lower grades of higher education.
  • From 1928: The new life . Monthly magazine for student girls.


“We want a free Germany that purifies itself from within, from all disintegration, from all dirt and every form of cultural anarchy, which knows how to preserve its dignity on the outside, a refuge of justice and peace, a fatherland to which we can can rightly be proud. "

- Naab (without date)

"People become unspeakably stupid when they are forsaken by God."

- Naab (without date)

"Just as you now love Hitler with hysterical enthusiasm, in a few years you will hate him with fanaticism and fight against him as the originator of all evil."

- Naab 1932 about Adolf Hitler

“A dreadful scum is gathered around this man's flag. Anyone who has a warm heart for the fate of our fatherland must not leave it to these wild hordes. "

- Naab (without date) about Adolf Hitler


Ingbert Naab House in Dahn

His hometown Dahn has dedicated Ingbert-Naab-Straße and Ingbert-Naab-Haus to their big son . In December 2005, 70 years after his death, the Pater Ingbert Naab memorial exhibition “Against the spirit of the times” was opened in the old town hall .

In Eichstätt, where he studied, a street was named after him, the Pater-Ingbert-Naab-Strasse , and in Landshut there is also an Ingbert-Naab-Strasse and an Ingbert-Naab lecture hall at the Catholic University.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Luise Rinser: The truth about Konnersreuth . Benziger Verlag, Einsiedeln 1954.
  2. ^ Ennemond Boniface: Therese Neumann, the stigmatized from Konnersreuth . Credo Verlag, Wiesbaden 1956 (translated from French).
  3. About Father Viktrizius Weiß. Bavarian Capuchin Province , archived from the original on October 1, 2009 ; accessed on January 23, 2016 .
  4. ^ Rudolf Morsey (arr.): Fritz Gerlich - a publicist against Hitler . 2010, p. 8 .
  5. District Association of the Palatinate, press release: Ingbert Naab's estate discovered - commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the death of the opponent of Hitler, accessed on July 4, 2016 .