Hofer was not afraid of death.
He wanted to be at peace with men and God.
And he wanted the money he had to go to poor people.
He explained this in a letter to his sister’s husband.
He wrote this, only a few hours before his death; “It is the will of God that I leave this earth and go on to the next life.
But I thank God that this is not difficult for me...God will help me until my last breath.
Then my spirit will be happy with God’s chosen people for ever.
I will ask for mercy for every person.
And I will also ask God to forgive me for the wrong things I have done.
I shall also ask for mercy for you and for your good wife.”
“To die is so easy that my eyes have no tears.
I write this at five o’clock in the morning.
At nine o’clock I will, with the help of all the holy people, arrive before God”.
Andreas Hofer died fighting for the freedom of his country.
But he never stopped believing that it would be free.
And four years after his death, his words came true.
Tyrol did become Austrian again.
A statue of Hofer stands at Bergisel, in the city of Innsbruck, Austria.
People look at it and remember the history of their country.
They remember that they are lucky to live in a free country.
They remember that people gave their lives fighting for such freedom.
And they remember Andreas Hofer - a man who died for the country he loved.