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Pius XII and the Third Reich;: A documentation Hardcover – 1966
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Friedlander uses the documents to make some suggestions about PIus XII's conduct and motivations. Friedlander points out that Pius spent much of his pre-Papal career as a Vatican diplomat in Germany, that he felt some affinity with Germans, and that perhaps most important, that he was deeply concerned with the threat of Communism. Friedlander suggests that Pius XII actually leaned towards the Nazi state. This stance resulted partly because Pius XII placed priority on safeguarding the Church, particularly the German Catholic Church, and partly because he thought the Germany represented a bulwark against the Soviet State. Much has subsequently been written on this topic but this book continues to be arresting because of its use of so much primary documentation.