Interesting thing I just read about Hans and Sophie Scholl, brother and sister who were Evangelical Lutherans and helped form the interdenominational German religious movement against Nazism, the White Rose Society, and were martyred for their actions.
After an initial flirtation with the Nazi youth movement, Hans turned his intensity from Nazism to the Bible, as well as the Church Fathers, and great Christian writers like Aquinas. By 1939, he came to see Christianity as “the one possible bulwark against the dark that was closing in on the world and threatening to extinguish whatever light still remained in it.”
"Their mutual faith was strengthened, curiously, by a surprising element: The Shroud of Turin. After observing a major debate on the authenticity of the Shroud in the 1930s, Hans “had absolutely no doubt the relic was genuine.” Sophie was equally impressed by it, writing in a letter in 1942, “I’m surprised the picture doesn’t cause more of a stir, considering that Christians can’t but regard it as the face of God, perceptible to their very own eyes.” The evidence of the Shroud apparently strengthened their faith considerably. In December 1941, Hans writes of experiencing Advent “as a wholehearted Christian for the first time,” and also said, “This year, Christ has been born for me anew.” The Shroud did not erase their doubts entirely, since both Hans and Sophie observed the difficulty of reconciling the goodness in creation with the evil done by men. Nevertheless, a profound sense of dedication to their faith is found in both of their personal writings, as they grew into what was apparently a more and more mature faith. Sophie encapsulated that dedication in a simple sentence, written in a letter of November 1942: “I shall cling to the rope God has thrown me in Jesus Christ, even if my numb hands can no longer feel it.” The fruit of their dedication was not long in blooming. Having been caught at distributing their leaflets critical of the Nazi regime, they were both arrested and sentenced to death in February of 1943.
from Holding, J. P. (2013-09-01). Hitler’s Christianity Tekton. Kindle Edition. Excellent book, by the way on the nature of Hitler’s hatred and perversion of Christianity, and Christian resistance.
My faith does not rest on the authenticity of the Shroud, but I found this to be interesting.