By Peter Bartley

Written with financial system and in chronological order, this booklet bargains a complete account of the reaction to the Nazi tyranny by way of Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and numerous representatives of the Catholic Church in each state the place Nazism existed sooner than and through WWII.

Peter Bartley makes vast use of fundamental resources – letters, diaries, memoirs, legit govt stories, German and British. He obviously costs the works of a number of widespread Nazis, of churchmen, diplomats, individuals of the Resistance, and usual Jews and gentiles who left eye-witness money owed of existence less than the Nazis, as well as the wartime correspondence among Pius XII and President Roosevelt.

This publication unearths how resistance to Hitler and rescue paintings engaged many churchmen and laypeople in any respect degrees, and was once usually undertaken in collaboration with Protestants and Jews. The Church paid a excessive fee in lots of international locations for its resistance, with hundreds and hundreds of church buildings closed down, bishops exiled or martyred, and plenty of monks shot or despatched to Nazi loss of life camps.

Bartley additionally explores the meant inactiveness of the German bishops over Hitler's oppression of the Jews, displaying that the Reich Concordat didn't deter the hierarchy and clergy from protesting the regime's iniquities or from rescuing its sufferers. whereas giving transparent facts for Papal condemnation of the Jewish persecution, he additionally explains why Pius XII couldn't thoroughly put aside the language of international relations and be extra brazenly vocal in his rebuke of the Nazis.

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