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Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler Hardcover – December 13, 2009
"Hitler's Forgotten Children" by Ingrid von Oelhafen
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"Essentially, he offers an apologia for Pius, explaining his inaction with regard to the Holocaust as a response that was meant to preserve 'the safety of the Roman Church above all other causes, however worthy.' Unfortunately, the book is dense and moves ungracefully from psychological analysis to the intricacies of canon law and Vatican diplomacy. Readers who want a better-reasoned and —written analysis can turn to Michael Phayer's The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965. Noel's book is recommended only for comprehensive collections." - Diane Harvey, Library Journal, October 1, 2008 (Diane Harvey Library Journal)
Mention —Book News, February 2009
"One look at Noel's footnotes will reveal his originality and depth of research" - First Things (William Doino Jr. First Things)
"This biographical work examines how Eugenio Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII, reacted to the politics of World War II, focusing on the Pope's failure to confront the atrocities of the Nazis, in particular the genocide of the European Jews, and his willingness to place the Catholic Church in concordat with Mussolini and other fascist forces. It places Pius's personal frailties in the context of longstanding papal politics and concludes with a defense of Pius/Pacelli as an individual rather than as a Pope." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.
“Essentially, he offers an apologia for Pius, explaining his inaction with regard to the Holocaust as a response that was meant to preserve 'the safety of the Roman Church above all other causes, however worthy.’ Unfortunately, the book is dense and moves ungracefully from psychological analysis to the intricacies of canon law and Vatican diplomacy. Readers who want a better-reasoned and –written analysis can turn to Michael Phayer’s The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965. Noel’s book is recommended only for comprehensive collections.” - Diane Harvey, Library Journal, October 1, 2008 (Sanford Lakoff Library Journal)
Mention –Book News, February 2009
"One look at Noel’s footnotes will reveal his originality and depth of research" - First Things (Sanford Lakoff First Things)
About the Author
The Hon Gerard Noel is a former editor of The Catholic Herald. He is also a celebrated biographer and historian. His life of Queen Ena of Spain was widely acclaimed as were his books on Harold Wilson and Cardinal Hume.
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A cursory glance at the footnotes at the back of the book is telling. In the bibliographical notes Noel acknowledges his debt to Paul Murphy, author of the 1983 biography of Sr Pasqualina Lenhert entitled 'La Popessa'. His debt is considerable. Of the 548 footnotes 257 involved quotes or references to 'La Popessa' - 47% of all cited material. This has created an overwhelming dependency on one source; and a very questionable source at that. Lenhert's presence in the Vatican was resented and loathed by most of the male curia, often with good reason. Her acerbic memoirs need careful contextualisation alongside other memoirs from other eye witnesses. Curiously Harold Tittmann, FDR's 'man on the scene' makes only a passing reference to her, as do other contemporary diarists such as Monsignor Domenico Tardini and later Cardinal Tisserant. Pasqualina was not a mover and shaker of Vatican politics. Her utter selfless devotion to Pius created a situtation of co-dependency where she saw herself as an extension of him. But, this takes me into the realm of psycho-history which is more theory than fact; entertaining perhaps, but not history.Read more ›
I am sorry about the title. I see no significance in the word hound. I recommend it highly as it seems to be the truest, most balanced presentation of a man who grew up only blocks from St Peter's Square who never went to seminary and whose only jobs were Vatican appointments. A man whose diplomacy had disastrous results, he was a throw back to the imperial papacy and he believed infallibility resided in his person. His fears were legitimate but Pius lack the courage to become the greatest pope.
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I either love a book or hate it. Rarely do I read a book that has shades of grey. The reason I loved this book is because it contains historical truth about Pius XII. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by T. J. VanEtten
This book was riddled with inadequacies, dramatizations and often lies from rather poor sources most of which are second or tertiary. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by James Locke