Is Pope Pius XII really the "Nazi Pope"?

Another common political correct belief is the Pope Pius XII allegedly was complicit with the Nazis. Consider the following from promiment Jews at that time:

*As early as December 1940, in an article in Time magazine, Albert Einstein paid tribute to Pius: "Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly."

* In 1943, Chaim Weizmann, who would become Israel's first president, wrote that "the Holy See is lending its powerful help wherever it can, to mitigate the fate of my persecuted co-religionists."

* Moshe Sharett, Israel's second prime minister, met with Pius in the closing days of the war and "told him that my first duty was to thank him, and through him the Catholic Church, on behalf of the Jewish public for all they had done in the various countries to rescue Jews."

* Rabbi Isaac Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel, sent a message in February 1944 declaring, "The people of Israel will never forget what His Holiness and his illustrious delegates, inspired by the eternal principles of religion, which form the very foundation of true civilization, are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the most tragic hour of our history, which is living proof of Divine Providence in this world."

*In September 1945, Leon Kubowitzky, secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, personally thanked the pope for his interventions, and the World Jewish Congress donated $20,000 to Vatican charities "in recognition of the work of the Holy See in rescuing Jews from Fascist and Nazi persecutions."

*In 1955, when Italy celebrated the tenth anniversary of its liberation, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities proclaimed April 17 a "Day of Gratitude" for the pope's wartime assistance.

*On May 26, 1955, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra flew to Rome to give in the Vatican a special performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony—an expression of the State of Israel's enduring gratitude to the pope for help given the Jewish people during the Holocaust

In addition, the NY Times says this about this Pope in 1941: ""The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas".

This page is written from a Jewish perspective:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/dalin.ht...

So don't believe all the knee-jerk anti-Catholic propaganda.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I agree.

    "Pius XII? This is the only human being who has always contradicted me and who has never obeyed me." Adolf Hitler --- from Hans Jansen's The Silent Pope? (2000)

    In October 1958 in front of the United Nations General Assembly, Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel, said of Pope Pius XII at his death :

    ''During the 10 years of Nazi terror, when our people went through the horrors of martyrdom, the Pope raised his voice to condemn the persecutors and commiserate with their victims.''

    Some of the Jewish organizations that praised Pope Pius XII at the time of his death for saving Jewish lives during the horror of the Nazi Holocaust were:

    + The World Jewish Congress

    + The American Jewish Committee

    + The American Jewish Congress

    + The Anti-Defamation League

    + The Central Conference of American Rabbis

    + The National Conference of Christians and Jews

    + The National Council of Jewish Women.

    + The New York Board of Rabbis

    + The Rabbinical Council of America

    + The Synagogue Council of America

    No serious scholar contests the evidence that Pius XII took direct and indirect measures to save Jews from the Nazi death machine.

    At the start of World War II, Pope Pius XII’s first encyclical was so anti-Hitler that the Royal Air Force and the French air force dropped 88,000 copies of it over Germany. Here is a link to the Summi Pontificatus: Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the Unity of Human Society, October 20, 1939: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xii/encycli...

    Unfortunately the Soviet Union and others had been trying to convince the world that the Catholic Church was pro-Nazi since the death of Pope Pius in 1958. Here are some sources:

    + The KGB made corrupting the Church a priority: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTUzYmJhMGQ5Y...

    + The KGB campaign against Pius XII: http://www.the-tidings.com/2007/021607/difference....

    + Pius XII and the Jews: http://web.archive.org/web/20010919100700/http://w...

    + http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/ww2jews.htm...

    See also "The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews From the Nazis" by Rabbi David G. Dalin which has compiled further overwhelming proof of Pope Pius XII"s friendship for the Jews beginning long before he became pope.

    See also:

    + The Holy See vs. the Third Reich by Ronald J. Rychlak http://soli.inav.net/~jfischer/oct98/ronaldrychlak...

    + Jewish Historian Praises Pius XII's Wartime Conduct by Michael Tagliacozzo http://academics.smcvt.edu/pcouture/jewish_histori...

    + Did Pius XII Remain Silent? by Fr William Saunders http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0...

    + Pius XII and the Jews: The War Years, as reported by the New York Times by by Rev. Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D. http://www.catholicleague.org/pius/piusnyt/bio.htm

    With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    Good Pope Pius XII was responsible for saving at least 860,000 Jews from concentration camps. Hitler tried to have him killed and kidnapped. A great book to read "the Myth of Hitler's Pope" by Rabbi Joseph Dalin.

    and to Steve C, you are mixing things up. It was the imposter and anti pope Benedict XVI who served as a Nazi Youth during WWII. Pius XII was the actual and valid pope during WWII.

    Source(s): The Myth of Hitler's Pope online book. http://books.google.com/books?id=qAmKnonoAB0C&dq=P... www.thefourmarks.com
  • 1 decade ago

    I recall reading that Hitler had drawn up plans to abduct the Pope or something like that, too.

    @ Steve C and Cindy: I think you've got the wrong Pope.

    Source(s): atheist
  • 1 decade ago

    No.

    another book written by a rabbi:

    http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Hitlers-Pope-Against-Ge...

    edit- gotta love the people who think you're talking about Pope Benedict XVI

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He WAS a soldier in the German army during WWII.

  • 1 decade ago

    Whatever...

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