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 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...
|Title||:||The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis|
|Publisher||:||Thomas Dunne Books First Edition edition October 2, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||660 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis Reviews
"The Pope's Jews" by Gordon Thomas" describes the words and actions of Pope Pius's XII during World War II. World War II was like an exploding volcano hurling death and destruction everywhere. The casualties were enormous Russia had about 10 million war dead and about 14 million dead as a result of crimes against humanity- religious and class persecution.. In Poland, about 5 million were killed as a result of crimes against humanity. The Germans sustained more than 5 million "military deaths" and about 3 million dead as a result of collateral deaths and crimes against humanity in Germany.
No footnotes, endnotes or citations of any kind. Which is too bad because I know enough to know that the author is being factual- I just would have appreciated if he'd credited his sources. Especially his source is an interview that he's conducted. Also, sprinkled liberally through out are teaser sentences that I wasn't a fan of. This book is semi-novelized. The descriptions of the times and places novelized portions are the strongest bits. If the author had stuck to that this would have been a more cohesive book. As it is it's a frankenbook- part novelized non-fiction first-person accounts, part (incredibly weak) academic work.
Thomas painstakingly shows that Israeli Diplomat Pinchas Lapide had it right back in 1967 when his book (Three Popes and the Jews) concluded that Pius XII was responsible for the activities of the Italian Catholic Church in hiding many Jews during WWII. Later writers (including the gross calumniator Cornwall) have challenged Pius's connection to those activities and claimed: "sure, there were good Catholics, but Pius wasn't one of them. In fact, he always loved the Nazis." Thomas's deep research into Pius's actions shows that the charge is without substance. Thomas writes well and lays out the chronology of Pius's actions against the bigger picture of the on-going war in a way that illuminates just what the stakes were during those dangerous days.
For those who are historians studying the effects on Nazism on the European Jewry, this book adds some teeth on why Hitler needed to be stopped. However, if you are just wanting to learn about what people and organizations were doing to alleviate the problem, this is a good place to start. Though this is but one book on the problem created by Hitler, it should be used as a basis to further one's understanding of the Holocaust. As a researcher, I have found this book insightful as it has led to further readings and writings about the Holocaust.