The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis
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This revelatory account of how the Vatican saved thousands of Jews during WWII shows why history must exonerate "Hitler's Pope"
Accused of being "silent" during the Holocaust, Pope Pius XII and the Vatican of World War II are now exonerated in Gordon Thomas's newest investigative work, The Pope's Jews. Thomas's careful research into new, first-hand accounts reveal an underground network of priests, nuns and citizens that risked their lives daily to protect Roman Jews.
Investigating assassination plots, conspiracies, and secret conversions, Thomas unveils faked documentation, quarantines, and more extraordinary actions taken by Catholics and the Vatican. The Pope's Jews finally answers the great moral question of the War: Why did Pope Pius XII refuse to condemn the genocide of Europe's Jews?
a senior League of Nations official in Rome, was known to have contacts with Ugo Foa and Renzo Levi. Weizsäcker telephoned him and said what had happened. Fahrener immediately agreed to call Foa and Levi. An hour later he called back. Both had rejected the suggestion that Jews “should go into hiding or flee.” Fahrener had said he was himself inclined to agree there was no need for such dramatic action. Weizsäcker had thanked him and put down the receiver. PART III WATCHING AND WAITING
at the table in the center of the ward with another family. The food was brought up from the kitchen by the nuns. Every morning when Vittorio came Luciana would proudly demonstrate her cough and he would laugh and listen to the other children show off their coughing. He always told them they were the best. Afterward he would check the adults, calling out their names in turn. On admission they had each been given a false non-Jewish name. At first there had been confusion when he had tested them
of shoes he had recently bought. Within the twenty-minute time limit the family were ready to leave. The adults carried suitcases. Clara clutched a doll. Arminio locked the apartment behind him as other doors opened in the corridor and their non-Jewish neighbors stood there in their nightclothes too stunned to speak. Down in the street the family was pushed into a truck. Arminio was pulled aside by one of the soldiers and ordered to tell everyone who was already in the truck they would be shot
injured. It turned out there was only one casuality, a Swiss Guard who had been on patrol on the grounds. Osborne remarked to May that “it’s nothing compared to the Blitz.” Picking his way around bomb craters, the minister invited anyone who needed a drink to join him in his apartment. Several German officers arrived at the Bronze Door entrance to the Vatican to express their readiness to provide men to help with rescue work and make safe any damage. They were politely thanked by Father Leiber
invited a gathering of family and close friends, including the Jews he had found sanctuary for in the Vatican, to join him in one of the Apostolic Palace’s salons. He chose as the theme for his first speech as pope a passage of the encyclical he had written for his predecessor, Mit Brennender Sorge (with burning anxiety). “… Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the state, or a particular form of state, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community—however