Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII

Author(s): John Cornwell

Second World War

This biography discusses Pope Pius XIII's wartime silence over the Holocaust and exposes the patent anti-Semitism that led to his fateful concordance with Hitler - a partnership that smoothed the Nazis' path to power and saw the Vatican immensely enriched - financially and politically. In examining Eugenio Pacelli's early career and subsequent rise to papal apotheosis, the author firmly indicts a Pope whom many regard as the most powerful churchman in modern history; one never held to account for the conduct of himself or his church during one of humanity's darkest hours.


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The Pacellis; hidden life; Papal power games; to Germany; Pacelli and Weimar; the glittering diplomat; Hitler and German Catholicism; Hitler and Pacelli; the Concordat in practice; Pius XI speaks out; darkness over Europe; triumph; Pacelli, Pope of peace; friend of Croatia; the holiness of Pius XII; Pacelli and the Holocaust; the Jews of Rome; saviour of Rome; Church triumphant' absolute power; Pius XII Redivivus. Sources: the "Silence" debate, and Sainthood.

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  • : 9780140266818
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.358
  • : October 2000
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 30mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : John Cornwell
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 282.092
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