The Myth of Hitler's Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis Hardcover – July 25, 2005
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- Publisher : Regnery History (July 25, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 209 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0895260344
- ISBN-13 : 978-0895260345
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.52 x 0.83 x 9.24 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"....that the liberal media in the West has tried to blame Pope Pius XII (and even the Catholic Church as a whole) for anti-Semitism". Gee wilikers Batman! It's as if the Catholic Church did not force Jews to wear yellow badges (Under Pope Innocent III (an ironic name) during the Fourth Lateran Council circa 1215 A.D.) or live in ghettos (Pope Paul IV in 1555). I don't know how any self-respecting Rabbi could defend an institution that has been hell-bent (pun intended) on erasing the entire Jewish culture for two-thousand years. The Rabbi goes on:
"It is no coincidence that some of the most extreme of the pope's (Pius XII) attackers......are also outspoken critics of the late Pope John Paul II." (page 2). Well, yes, typically people who criticize Nazi sympathizers also happen to be highly critical of narcissistic, sexual abusers like the late Pope John Paul II.
"....virtually ignoring John Paul II's historic role as a friend of the Jewish people." (page 4). Even if John Paul II hand-built the Third Temple that would not make him an iota or tiddle less sinister for the abuse cover-ups he did while pontiff. It seems Rabbi Dalin is obsessed with defending not just Pius XII but also JP V.2 as much of the first chapter is devoted to critiquing books that happen to also criticize the latter. Dalin unironically praises Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on page 15, not even bothering to address the fact that P.E. was literally a member of the Hitler Youth.
Overall this book appears to have been written by one of the late Rush Limbaugh's fan boys rather than a serious scholar.
Though it secretly plotted to depose Hitler it took little public action. Pius never made a specific condemnation of the Holocaust. But only that.The Vatican remained neutral hoping for a negotiated peace with the Pope acting as a mediator. Dalin, as far as he goes, makes strong defense of Pius and makes a good critique of Cornwell's book Hitler's Pope which is a poorly researched journalistic smear. Should the Pope have made an effort to mobilize the German Church and try to organize partisan resistance and supported an overthrow of Hitler overtly.? This would have made him and the German Church open to severe retaliation, assassination of Pius and alienation of many Catholics who still supported the war effort. Pius would have made himself and his followers martyrs. But isn't this what Jesus did? Readers of literature defending the Pope never really address this and neither does Dalin.
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The most surprising part of this book was the chapter on “Hitler’s Mufti,” showing how the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem supported the Third Reich while Pope Pius XII was working against it. Rabbi Dalin ties all of this in with the rise of radical Islam and modern-day anti-Semitism.
I would have liked a bibliography with more details of the primary sources used here, rather than just the secondary sources mentioned in the notes, but this is a book for the general reader, not the academic specialist, and I’m sure that people who are new to this controversy as well as those who have already done some reading on it will find Rabbi Dalin’s book to be worthwhile.
I would certainly encourage anyone wanting to know the truth about the pope to read this book.