The Pope’s Jews
The Vatican’s Secret Plan to Save Jews From the Nazis
By Gordon Thomas
Thomas Dunne Books, 2012
320 pages, $26.99
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The Nazi slaughter of the Jews in Poland, Germany and Czechoslovakia was well under way in February 1939, when Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli assumed the papacy, taking the name Pius XII. Horrified as he surely was by what was happening throughout Europe, it was his judgment that public denunciation of the persecution “would inevitably provoke further reprisals against the Jews,” according to Gordon Thomas in The Pope’s Jews.
The furor over Pius’ alleged “silence” that has occupied the public’s attention for decades has...READ MORE