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The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazisby Gordon Thomas
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As the Holocaust passes out of living memory, future generations will no longer come face-to-face with Holocaust survivors. But the lessons of that terrible period in history are too important to let slip past. How Was It Possible?, edited and introduced by Peter Hayes, provides teachers and students with a comprehensive resource about the Nazi persecution of Jews. Deliberately resisting the reflexive urge to dismiss the topic as too horrible to be understood intellectually or emotionally, the anthology sets out to provide answers to questions that may otherwise defy comprehension.
This anthology is organized around key issues of the Holocaust, from the historical context for antisemitism to the impediments to escaping Nazi Germany, from the logistics of the death camps and the carrying out of genocide to the subsequent struggles of the displaced survivors in the aftermath.
Prepared in cooperation with the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, this anthology includes contributions from such luminaries as Jean Ancel, Saul Friedlander, Tony Judt, Alan Kraut, Primo Levi, Robert Proctor, Richard Rhodes, Timothy Snyder, and Susan Zuccotti. Taken together, the selections of this anthology make the ineffable fathomable and demystify the barbarism underlying the tragedy, inviting readers to learn precisely how the Holocaust was, in fact, possible.
"Sometimes referred to as 'Hitler's Pope,' Pope Pius XII has long been accused by Jews and Christians of standing by silently while Hitler killed millions of Jews. Drawing upon Vatican archival material available to only a few scholars (the rest of the archive will not be opened till 2020) and interviews with survivors and Vatican insiders, Thomas (Gideon's Spies) firmly challenges this long-standing view. Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli learned of the Nazi threat to the Jews and devised a plan for their well-being. Any Vatican denunciation of the Nazi tyranny would, he believed, provoke more Nazi reprisals against the Jews. But, according to Thomas, he continued working behind the scenes to save as many Jews as possible; he instructed his archbishops to apply for visas for 'non-Aryan Catholics' to help Jews escape. Once installed as Pope Pius XII, Pacelli urged archbishops to condemn Nazi crimes against Jews and authorized cardinals to issue baptismal certificates for their protection. After his death, Golda Meir praised Pius for raising his voice for the victims. Because Thomas's argument goes against many historians' view of Pius XII, his book will ignite a contentious debate about the interpretation of his evidence and Pius's role during the Holocaust." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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 Thomass newest investigative work, The Pope's Jews. Thomass 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?
About the Author
GORDON THOMAS is a bestselling author of forty books published worldwide, and a leading expert on the often sinister world of secret intelligence. He lives in England.
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