Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Pope Benedict's comments about Pius XII in Light of the World have angered some Jewish leaders who believe that the wartime pope did too little to prevent the Holocaust. However, as the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports,

Dr. Michael Hesemann, a German historian who is combing through the Vatican archives for the U.S.-based Pave the Way Foundation, has found in recent research that Pope Pius XII may have arranged the exodus of about 200,000 Jews from Germany just three weeks after Kristallnacht.

The new research shows that the perception of Pius XII as "Hitler's Pope" may be historically incorrect.

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