The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965

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Indiana University Press, 2000 - Religion - 301 pages
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"Phayer offers exactly what was needed.... A fair and even-tempered account of a volatile subject." —Kirkus Reviews

"An important addition to the literature of the Holocaust." —Publishers Weekly

"Very valuable... a fine and judicious book." —IstvŠn DeŠk, The New York Review of Books

"Phayer has written a singularly important book on the role of the Catholic Church in both the Holocaust and its aftermath, up to and including Vatican II. Diligently researched and documented, judicious in its conclusions, comprehensive in its scope, compassionate and humane in its outlook, this book is an indispensable resource." —Richard L. Rubenstein

"Phayer's study of [the Catholic Church] as an actor in the tumultuous history of the [20th century] will serve as a model for other historians." —Donald J. Dietrich, Boston College

Phayer's book, particularly strong on German source material, is at pains to list Pius's strong points his piety, his loathing of Hitler, the instances of personal warmth, the occasions when he criticized Nazism. Phayer examines not only Pius's actions but those of other leading Catholics, and his study extends beyond the end of World War II to follow the evolution of official Catholic thinking during the rebuilding of Germany, the cold war, and the gradual theological reforms that led to Vatican II. This enables Phayer to show how the church completely reversed its position relative to the Jews, but it also gives him a more thorough reading of Pius XII's overall record. It is a damning and convincing verdict that emerges." —Commonweal

 

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Contents

1Catholic Attitudes toward Jews before the Holocaust
1
Poland 1939
20
Croatia 1941
31
4The Holocaust and the Priorities of Pope Pius XII
41
German Bishops and the Holocaust
67
6European Bishops and the Holocaust
82
7Catholic Rescue Efforts during the Holocaust
111
The United States Confronts Germany
133
9The Holocaust and the Prioritiesof Pius XII during the Cold War
159
10Catholics and Jews after the Holocaust
184
The Second Vatican Council
203
12Epilogue
217
Notes
227
References
273
Index
295
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About the author (2000)

Michael Phayer is Professor of History at Marquette University. His two most recent books, Protestant Catholic Women in Nazi Germany and (with Eva Fleischner) Cries in the Night: Women Who Challenged the Holocaust, deal
extensively with Catholic-Jewish relations before and during the Shoah.

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