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The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII And His Secret War Against Nazi Germany Hardcover – July 25, 2005
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This is a stunning book. I wish I had known more of this material years ago. -- Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
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Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalinbut there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. As Pope Pius XII worked to save Jews from the Nazis, the grand mufti became Hitlers staunch ally and a promoter of the Holocaust, with a legacy that feeds radical Islam today. In this shocking and thoroughly documented book, Rabbi Dalin explodes the myth of Hitlers pope and condemns the myth-makers for not only rewriting history, but for denying the testimony of Holocaust survivors, hijacking the Holocaust for unseemly political ends, and ignoring the real threat to the Jewish people. In The Myth of Hitlers Pope, youll learn: · The true history of Pope Pius XII and the Holocausthow the Catholic Church did more than any other religious body to save Jewish lives · The real history of the Church and the Nazisincluding the Nazi plan to kidnap the pope · The real agenda of the myth-makers: hijacking the Holocaust to attack the very idea of the papacyespecially the papacy of the late Pope John Paul IIas well as Christianity and traditional religion as a whole · Hitlers clericHajj Amin al-Husseini, who advised and assisted the Nazis in carrying out Hitlers Final Solution · How Pope Pius XII rescued Jewsand deserves to be called a "righteous gentile"while the grand mufti of Jerusalem called for their extermination Full of shocking and irrefutable detail, The Myth of Hitlers Pope is sure to generate controversy, and more important, to set the record straight. If you want the truth about Pope Pius XII, about the Catholic Church, the Jews, and the Holocaust, and about how the myth of Hitlers pope plays into the culture wars of our own timeand how the fact of Hitlers mufti is a vital source of radical Islam todayyou must begin here.
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I though it contained a very thought provoking insight into the Liberal Media and its roll in the contemporary Cultural War currently being fought for Western Civilization.
I must say I was very surprised to read the chapter dealing with 'Hitler's Mufti; Muslim Anti-Semitism and the Continueing War against the Jews'. It has certainly increased my understanding of the forces currently ingaged in the struggle to undermine our way of life. I would highly recommend this book for others to read, I am sure it will be a book I will repeatidly lend to others and I am equally sure it will be a book I will re-read many times and use to counter the comtempory liberal bias in our current society.
I am left with a feeling of gratitude for the author for his efforts in righting the terrible erroneous injustice done to both Pope Pius XII and the Church during this bleak period of world history.
In 1999, John Cornwell published "Hitler's Pope," a maliciously gossipy takedown of Pope Pius XII. Cornwell included such frivolous but nasty details as the decomposition of Pope Pius XII's corpse. "Hitler's Pope"'s cover is a shamelessly misleading photograph; for a breakdown of the ways in which this sensational photo has been doctored, please visit Ronald Rychlak's website. In any case, Cornwell has since gone public to announce that, had he known then what he knows now, he would not have written about Pope Pius XII as he had, and that he now finds it "impossible to judge" Pius. So much for "Hitler's Pope."
It's important to note that Pope Pius XII's attackers and defenders often cite the exact same facts. Attackers like Cornwell, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, and Susan Zuccotti insist that Pope Pius XII never condemned Nazism or anti-Semitism, and never helped Jews. Defenders like Dalin and Rychlak will often cite the same material and events to insist that Pius did condemn Nazism and anti-Semitism and did help Jews. Given that both sides in this contentious debate often cite the exact same facts to prove their point of view true, what is the reader to conclude? A couple of things. One, the gulf is one of interpretation of facts, rather than the facts themselves. Two, the defenders have key points in their favor.
Key points in Pope Pius XII's defenders' favor: During Pope Pius XII's lifetime, and immediately after his death, secular publications like the New York Times, Jewish groups and luminaries from Golda Meir to Albert Einstein, and the Nazis themselves, all assessed Pius as an enemy of Nazism and a friend to Jews. No mud that Pius's attackers have flung can change that historical fact. When the best and the brightest American scholars and journalists were embracing Scientific Racism, the Catholic Church stood against it; in this stand it was accused of primitivism and backwardness, of being "anti-Science." Again and again, in "The Myth of Hitler's Pope," Dalin cites Nazi communications that identify Pius as an identified and important enemy of Nazism (e.g. 73).
Why the disconnect between how attackers assess Pius and how defenders assess him? Several factors are at work. Pius was a pope, not a general. Popes, of necessity, follow a different code than the average man. Some have asked why Pius did not excommunicate Hitler. Dalin counters with several historical examples of popes excommunicating politicians and those actions backfiring (77-80). Too, every assessment of Pius' decisions is hindsight. Historians still debate whether the Allies should have bombed the railroads running to the concentration camps. No one can say whether such an action would have done any good or not. Pius could not foresee Nazi policy, nor how his actions would play out. He worked behind the scenes, measuring his every word and act against Nazi retaliations. Today it is estimated that Pius' diplomatic efforts saved the lives of approximately 800,000 Jews (11).
In the chapter entitled "Popes in Defense of the Jews," Dalin goes back centuries - to 590 and Pope Gregory the Great, and to subsequent popes throughout the Middle Ages and up to popes in modern times and their stands against popular violence against Jews, and folklore like the blood libel. Dalin points out that the papal critic David Kertzer, in his book "Popes against Jews," while devoting three chapters to blood libel, never bothers to mention long-rooted, repeated, emphatic, and activist papal stands against it. Ironically, materials by the self-declared atheist, Richard Burton, and by Sir James Frazer, who rejected Christianity as "utterly false," and who has been embraced by young atheists as their eminence grise, were used at the Beilis trial to prove blood libel true. At that same trial, papal materials were used to prove blood libel false (35). Papal critics never get around to mentioning this.
Why should a rabbi care about the calumny of a pope? Three reasons. Dalin, as a Jew, is disgusted by Cornwell, et. al.'s, exploitation of the Holocaust as a chip in their own political game (3). Dalin points out that for every Jewish detractor (Goldhagen, for example) Pius has a Jewish defender (Pinchas Lapide, etc 10, 12-13). Two, Dalin sees attacks on Pius as part of a broader attack on the West and the Judeo-Christian tradition (2). The same people who go after Pius are often opposed to religious Judaism and the existence of the state of Israel. Finally, Dalin insists, attacks on Pius are red herrings, deflecting attention from the West and the Judeo-Christian tradition's formidable, common enemy: radical Islam.
Dalin devotes an entire chapter to discussion of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, an open ally of Hitler. Dalin points out that in the same rigidly Politically Correct academic and media environments that cherish and nurture Christophobic and anti-Catholic hate speech, any criticism of any Muslim or Islam is taboo. Similarly, Dalin is disgusted by Pius' attackers' refusal to acknowledge the left itself - significantly including the Soviet Union - as a source of anti-Semitism (5).
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