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Pius XII and the Third Reich;: A documentation Hardcover – 1966

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  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First American Edition edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DM2JW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,486,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Albin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting and unusual book on the still controversial topic of Pius XII's wartime conduct. The greatest criticism of Pius XII is that he failed to exercise moral leadership during WWII, specifically not speakng out against the Holocaust or a number of related events, like the horrendous German treatment of non-Jewish Poles. Published about 40 years ago, this is not a conventional book but essentially a compilation of documents with commentary. Most of the documents were discovered by Friedlander in the files of the German Foreign Office. A substantial number are reports from the German ambassador to Vatican and some others are reports of conversations between the German foreign ministry and the Papal Nuncio in Berlin. As Friedlander points out repeatedly, while these documents allow some inferences about Pius XII's conduct, they are incomplete without the corresponding Vatican documents.
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.
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Read this book to understand the truth of what Pope Pius said at the time of the War and the disappearance of the Jews. This is the pope in his own words.
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