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Hitler, the War, and the Pope

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Was Pope Pius XII a Nazi Sympathizer? A bitter, timeless controversy has raged over the papacy of Pius XII (1939-1958). He is accused of being ... Show synopsis

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ghmus7

An Absolute Must

by ghmus7 on Nov 19, 2007

For anyone who has read the Cornwell voulme on this hot topic, this book is an absolute must-read. Rychlak's scholarship is totally comprehensive, fair, wide-reaching and of the highest integrity. Many surprising historical nuggets are revealed in this book, not least of which is the volume of post-war praise accorded Pope Pius XII by Jewish leaders such as Cecil Roth (the leading English authority on the history of Italian Jewry), Dr. Herman Datyner (Inter-Allied Conference for Jewish Refugees), The Grand Rabbi Issac Herzog of Jerusalem, The World jewish Congress and many others. Anyone who begins to peruse this work will percive that this book is of a totally different order than "Hitler's Pope". Instead of a political and anti-Catholic scree covered by shoddy, propped-up and invented scholarship, this book solidly backs up all of it's tenents with historical fact, documentation and serious scholarship. Perhaps at some time in the future, Pius XII will recieve his due as the great friend of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. In the estimate of Israeli diplomat Pinchas Lapide, the Vatican, under the direction of Pius XII saved the lives of over 800,000 European Jews. Highly recommended.

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