Pius xii and the holocaust: a reader published by the catholic league the deputy by rolf hochhuth, which presents pope pius xii's silence during the. Two authors participated in a debate and panel discussion on pope pius xii and the holocaust and the duties and responsibilities of the leaders of. In pope pius xii and the holocaust, scholars including michael marrus, michael phayer, richard l rubenstein and susan zuccotti wrestle with these questions the book has four main themes: (1) pope pius xii must be understood in his particular historical context. Pope pius xii and the holocaust injustice there is an injustice being spread around america and different parts of the world today it's in the form of a great lie. Pius xii and the holocaust an article which shows that pope pius xii was one of the nazi's most determined opponents and saved hundreds of thousands of jews.
1/7 shoah resource center, the international school for holocaust studies pius xii and the holocaust jonathan gorsky the role of the vatican during the holocaust years remains highly. By shira schoenberg jewish virtual library pope pius xii's (1876-1958) actions during the holocaust remain controversial for much of the war, he maintained a public front of indifference and remained silent while german atrocities were committed. Pope pius xii's (1876-1958) actions during the holocaust remain controversial for much of the war, he maintained a public front of indifference and remained silent while german atrocities were committed. The slanderous attacks against pius xii and the catholic church's handling of the jewish holocaust started in germany in 1963 with rolf hochhuth's play, der stellvertreter, (the deputy) , which dealt with pius xii and the holocaust.
Pope pius xii's role before and during the holocaust, both as pius xi's secretary of state and as wartime pope, is the subject of ongoing controversy. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, pope pius xii has been dead more than four decades his tomb, below the main altar of saint peter's basilica in rome, is the object of veneration by many the cause of his sainthood continues to be advanced when he died in october 1958, a generation. The issue of pope pius xii's stance during the holocaust is still open to debate, but in the second decade of the twenty-first century the pius wars are largely over while pius xii remains a polarizing figure in the court of public opinion, scholarly interpretations over the last decade or so are increasingly more nuanced.
The vatican will open secret archives on saturday in an effort to allay accusations that pope pius xii, whom the vatican wants to make a saint, did not do enough to save jews from the holocaust. Pius xii, concordat negotiator and holocaust pope concordat watch list of extensive links about the role of pius xii during wwii, mostly promoting the position that pius ii was not silent during the holocaust and worked to help the jews. Pope pius xii, pictured aged 80, has been accused of failing to condemn the holocaust photograph: corbis pius xii has long been vilified as hitler's pope, accused of failing publicly to condemn.
In pope pius xii and the holocaust, well-informed scholars—including michael marrus, michael phayer, richard l rubenstein and susan zuccotti—wrestle with these questions the book has four main themes: (1) pope pius xii must be understood in his particular historical context. Pius xii 's response to the holocaust, yet the pope stands center stage or in the wings of nearly every chapter of this study, overshadowing ordi- nary men and women who acted heroically but had little or no authority. At the death of pius xii, jewish spokesmen, who knew the record, came forward with tributes to the late pontiff's services in the name of humanity, for the victims of the holocaust at this point commences a stupefying paradox. The wartime role of pius xii, who did not speak out strongly against the holocaust despite the extensive information the vatican had about it, has been one of the thorniest issues in post-war catholic-jewish relations. About pope pius xii and the holocaust this collaborative effort by a number of the world's leading experts on the holocaust examines the question: how should vatican policies during world war ii be understood.
Pope pius xii's 1942 christmas address was a speech delivered by pope pius xii over vatican radio on christmas 1942 pius xii, the holocaust, and the cold war. About pope pius xii and the holocaust collaborative effort by a number of the world's leading experts on the holocaust lively, but not sensationalistic, this book is balanced but on the cutting edge of one of the most important debates in this field: how should vatican policies during world war ii be understood. Pope pius xii the following text is an edited and adapted version of an article written by john berwick and published in the international herald tribune on october. One of the greatest villains in the anti-catholic myths fabricated around the holocaust is pope pius xii the nagging question is: how could this man ever be.
Pius xii and the holocaust has 16 ratings and 1 review bill said: after reading descriptions and reviews of various books on the subject of pius xii and. The church and pope pius xii, some of them merely exaggerated, others (especially in books by john cornwell and daniel jonah goldhagen) so devoid of historical foundation that they range from the absurd to the. Pius xii and the jewish holocaust george sim johnston catholic apologetics must address the subject of pope pius xii and the jewish holocaust since 1963, when rolf hochhuth's play the deputy indicted pius xii for complicity in the nazi genocide, it has been a commonplace of editorial writers that the vatican was a silent, and therefore guilty, bystander to the murder of six million jews. Pope pius xii guided the catholic church through two tumultuous decades, firmly establishing himself as a champion of peace, and the moral voice of a world torn apart by war however, shortly after his death in 1958, his heroic legacy has been called into question by some historians who claim that.
Counterquestion: on what basis should have pius xii been able to stop the holocaust in any meaningful way the papacy was not on speaking terms with italy until '29 when the lateran treaties happened. Cavalli examines what went wrong with the commission, formed to evaluate vatican documents on pope pius xii's actions during the holocaust a righteous gentile defends pius xii - zenit a piece on pope pius xii by university of mississippi law professor ron rychlak.