Pius XII, the Holocaust and the Revisionists: Essays

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Patrick J. Gallo
McFarland, Nov 22, 2005 - History - 226 pages
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When Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli became Pope Pius XII in 1939, the Nazis had invaded Austria and Czechoslovakia and were poised to strike Poland. Jews and other minorities were already being sent to concentration camps, and the world was on the verge of another horrific war. The prevailing historical interpretation of the era was that Pius XII had a stated anti-Nazi and anti-Fascist policy; he tried to bring an end to the persecution and gave aid and comfort to those who were persecuted. Revisionist views, however, portray Pius XII as a silent, passive individual who ignored the treatment of Jews, Christians and other minorities--a man who could have stopped the holocaust and didn't. Through a series of articles and essays, the editor and eight contributors critique the works of revisionists who allege that Pius XII was sympathetic to the Nazis or unresistant to their atrocities. The essays discuss the roots of these views in the relentless Nazi and communist propaganda of the era, and the debate's revival after a 1960s stage play portrayed the pope as a leader afraid to speak out. By bringing intellectual rigor and responsibility to the issue, this work makes a solid contribution to the history of the papacy and to the biography of Pius XII.

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Beyond The Deputy Origins of the New Revisionism
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Pius XI Pius XII and the Führer Peter Godman Against Two Men of God
Pius XIs Hidden Encyclical An Appraisal
We Have Contended with Diabolical Forces
The Pope and the Shoah
The Pope Pius XII Controversy A Review Article
Interventions by the Pope and the Nuncio
Zuccottis Lack of Evidence
Via Rasella and the Ardeatine Massacre
Constantines Sword A Review Article
Goldhagen vs Christianity
The End of the Pius Wars
Chapter Notes
About the Contributors

To Halt the Dreadful Crime

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Patrick J. Gallo is adjunct professor of political science at New York University and has authored 10 other books. He has been a scholar-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Scholar and an NEH Fellow.

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