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Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII Paperback – April 29, 2008
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1. Golda Meir, the former prime minister of Israel, said upon Pius XII's death that " During the ten years of Nazi terror, when our people passed through the horrors of martyrdom, the Pope raised his voice to condemn the persecutors and to commiserate with their victims."
2. Elio Toaff, the Chief Rabbi of Rome during the Nazi terror, said, "More than anyone else, we have had the opportunity to appreciate the great kindness, filled with compassion and magnanimity, that the Pope displayed during the terrible years of persecution and terror."
3. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, said that, "with special gratitude we remember all he has done for the persecuted Jews during one of the darkest periods in their entire history."
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A few quotes: "When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the Pope was raised for it's victims." Golda Meir
"He (Pope Pius)is the only ruler left on the continent of Europe who dares raise his voice at all." New York Times editorial Dec. 25, 1942
"Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign." Albert Einstein (Time magazine 1944)
It is a "regretable irony that the one person in all of occupied Europe who did more than anyone else to halt the dreadful crime...is today made the scapegoat for the failures of others." Jeno Levai (Jewish historian specializing in the Holocaust in Hungary)
"The Catholic Church under Pius XII was instumental in saving the lives of as many as 860,000 Jews" Pinchas Lapide (Israeli diplomat)
All that aside, the author tries his hardest to defend his anti-catholic statements. He gives incomplete accounts, or tries to lead you in the wrong direction.
If you took the time to read this book, take the time to read "Hitler, the War, and the Pope" by Ronald J. Rychlak. That is a direct response to this book.
When reading both, you will see why Jewish historian Michael Tagliacozzo, responsible for the Beth Lohame Haghettaot (Center of Studies on the Shoah and Resistance) in Italy(one of the world's largest museums and centers of documentation on the Holocaust) recently said Pope Pacelli was the only one who intervened to impede the deportation of Jews. Michael Tagliacozzo is still alive and even acknowledges his own life was saved by Pope Pacelli.
You will also see why then Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli converted to the Catholic Church shortly after. Even changing his name to Eugenio to honor the Pope. Even though Zolli claimed he converted for theological reasons, many still believe he converted because of what the Catholic Church did. His book is also sold here at Amazon, "Before the Dawn"by Eugenio Zolli.
So those who are in search for clear objective truth, will not find it hard to see that the Catholic Church in fact did stand strong for the Jews, stronger than anybody of any organization at the time. (...)
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Although Cornwell does implicate Pacelli (Pius XII) in the Holocaust, he is otherwise infatuated with this Pope and cannot see how strongly this cleric opposed democracy and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by stonee
Thomas Cromwell's book might as well be labeled fiction, since he ignored vast evidence to the contrary of what he purports in his book, Hitler's Pope. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C.J.Cousineau
The author provides clear evidence of the war crimes of Pope Pius XII to include that of the murderous Croatian horrific killings of the Serbian Orthodox. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. MCBRIDE
As a Recovering Catholic, all I can say is that the Vatican has been corrupt since its inception. The infallibility of the pope, eh... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Neff
A part of history that hasn't been mentioned. A good reading experience.Published 3 months ago by R. Johnson
Poorly researched and basically a smear book ..fails to mention that Pius XII was praised by the rabbi of Rome & Golda Mier former Israeli prime minister for helping hundreds of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by FritzJerries
As other reviewers on Amazon have noted there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the contents of this book for many of the negative reviews, in fact I almost skipped the reading... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Gomez
Very good read! Just another blatant example of the Catholic church (or any bureaucracy) protecting itself instead of other human beings. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer