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Monday, July 25, 2005

The Truth About Pope Pius XII

Oswald Sobrino has a revealing post about The Myth of Hitler's Pope (Regnery, 2005), written by Rabbi David G. Dalin, professor at Ave Maria University. There's been so much said in the media in the last few years about Pope Pius XII allegedly having stood aside and cooperated with the Nazi destruction of millions of Jews across Europe. It is revealing that the staunchest defense of Pope Pius XII have come from Jewish historians themselves. Consider, for example:
 One of many of Pius's Jewish defenders quoted in the book is "Israeli historian and diplomat Pinchas Lapide, who had been the Israeli consul in Milan and had spoken with many Italian Jewish Holocaust survivors" (pp. 10-11). According to Lapide's extensive historical analysis, Pius XII "was instrumental in saving at least 700,000, but probably as many as 860,000 Jews from certain death at Nazi hands" (p. 11). Whatever the exact number, Rabbi Dalin's sources all point to the fact that Pius XII's efforts saved hundreds of thousands of Jews, most notably in Italy, Hungary, and Slovakia (see pp. 92-99). Most dramatically, the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo sheltered as many as 3,000 Jews (pp. 92-93).
The thinker who prefers to receive balanced input should read this, if only because too many in the mainstream media have been particularly shrill and loud about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust. Perhaps they were screaming in order to drown out opposing views?

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