“How Pope Pius XII Saved Jews during the Holocaust” [audio https://swordsoftruth.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/pius.mp3] PDF Notes
In this talk, Fr. Nathan explores the controversy surrounding the role that Pope Pius XII had during WWII and the Holocaust. He will address recent critics that have contented Pius XII did little to save Jews from the Nazis, that he was indifferent to their suffering and not vocal enough in speaking out against the Holocaust. Using personal testimonies and recent scholarly work that defends the pontiff’s role during this time period, this presentation will show the tremendous work Pius XII did to save the Jews in Rome and how he prudently coordinated efforts to help save the Jews throughout Europe.
Recommended Reading on Pope Pius XII: The Myth of Hitler’s Pope by Rabbi David Dalin, The Defamation of Pius XII by Ralph McInerny, The Pope’s Jews: The Vatican’s Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis by Gordon Thomas, Hitler, The War and The Pope by Ronald Rychlak, Were the Popes Against the Jews? Tracking the Myths, Confronting the Ideologies by Justus George Lawler, Did Pope Pius XII Help the Jews? by Sr. Margherita Marchione, Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth by Gary Krupp
Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli in 1930
Cardinal Pacelli after signing of the concordat with Nazi Germany in 1933. He did not meet with Hitler at any point in these diplomatic meetings nor did he ever endorse the policies of the fascist regime.
A cartoon from a Nazi newspaper. It clearly shows that in the opinion of the Nazis, Cardinal Pacelli, like Pope Pius XI, was a friend of Jews and an enemy of National Socialism.
In 1939, Cardinal Pacelli became Pope Pius XII
Pius XII meeting the people of Rome after the allied bombing of the San Lorenzo district of the city in May 1943. The white cassock he wore was so covered in dirt and blood from blessing the dead and offering Extreme Unction that he had to have a new one made.
Pius XII meeting with allied soldiers in the Vatican.
Jewish men, women and children hiding in Castel Gondolfo, the summer residence of the Pope. An estimated 3000 Jews hide there after Pius ordered the castle be open to all Jewish refugees.
A priest forever, let us pray for his canonization!