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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.
Rabbi Dalin has an interesting chapter regarding why the truth of Pope Pius XII's rare courage and compassion are necessary. The truth matters because the truth undermines anti-Catholic hysteria and falsehood. The truth matters because a very courageous man should recognized for his character and compassion. The truth matters because readers need to know the difference between truth and mass media hysteria and nonsense. For example, THE NEW YORK TIMES(NYT) editors and journalists who wrote for that newspaper were effusive in their praise of Pope Pius XII. These same journalists refuted Soviet smears of Pope Pius XII. Yet modern NYT writers justify lies, smears, bias, etc. against both Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church. One wonders of these modern propagandists ever did any research and read the NYT articles published in during Pope Pius XII's lifetime. Readers should also refer to Albert Einstein's praise of the Catholic Church which can be found in the December 23, 1940 edition of TIME (Pages 38-41). Of course the current NYT editors and other conventional writers will deny this even though the sources are clear. They are too cowardly to do any honest research or writing.
Pope Pius XII was a well know opponent of religious bigotry and ant-Semitisim before he ever became Pope. Rabbi Dalin uses good source material to cite Pope Pius XII remarks regarding race and religious hatred written in the 1920s and early 1930s before Pope Pius XII became Pope. For example, Pope Pius XI was praised for a papal statement condemining the French anti-Semitic remarks published in a journal titled ACTION FRANCAISE. When a dignatary praised Pope Pius XI for these remarks opposing anti-Semitisim, Pope Pius XI gave credit to Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, for actually writing the document.
Rabbi Dalin also praises the historical Catholic Church and earlier popes for their defense of Jewish people. One example that may surprise readers is Pope Alexander VI who was a hero to many of Renasssaince European Jews. Rabbi Dalin contrasts this Pope with many of the Protestant reformers who were openly anti-Jewish and tried to incite political violence against Jews. For example, one should carefully read Martin Luther's vicious attacks against Jews which were often quoted by Hitler & co.
Rabbi Dalin cites numerous sources of Pope Pius XII's consistence efforts in protecting European Jews. While Rabbi Dalin cannot possible cite all the sources and documents, he cites enough to make his case. Those who want to know more can research the sources in the notes and books that Rabbi Dalin cites.
Rabbi Dalin spent too much time re the Grand Mufti's encouragment of Hitler's anti-Semitism. Hitler certainly did not need such encouragement. Anti-Semtisim was not just a German phenomonen. There was anti-Jewish animosity througout Europe during the 1920s and 1930s well beyond German borders.
Rabbi Dalin wrote this book in the midst of what some call cultural wars. The smears of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church may be part of such cultural wars. This should not detract from the book. Rabbi Dalin wrote a very good book regardless. In other words, Rabbi Dalin's sources are historically sound which does not deflect from honesty and accurates regardless of one's political views.
Rabbi Dalin's book is well written and well documented. This book is useful to the "casual reader" as well as the serious student. Rabbi Dalin has done a credible service to Pope Pius XII as well as historical truth.
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