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Sun Sep 17, 2023, 08:11 AM Sep 2023

Letter showing Pope Pius XII had detailed information from German Jesuit about Nazi crimes revealed

Source: Associated Press

Letter showing Pope Pius XII had detailed information from German Jesuit about Nazi crimes revealed

BY NICOLE WINFIELD
Updated 5:57 PM EDT, September 16, 2023

ROME (AP) — Newly discovered correspondence suggests that World War II-era Pope Pius XII had detailed information from a trusted German Jesuit that up to 6,000 Jews and Poles were being gassed each day in German-occupied Poland. The documentation undercuts the Holy See’s argument that it couldn’t verify diplomatic reports of Nazi atrocities to denounce them.

The documentation from the Vatican archives, published this weekend in Italian daily Corriere della Sera, is likely to further fuel the debate about Pius’ legacy and his now-stalled beatification campaign. Historians have long been divided about Pius’ record, with supporters insisting he used quiet diplomacy to save Jewish lives while critics say he remained silent as the Holocaust raged.

Corriere is reproducing a letter dated Dec. 14, 1942 from the German Jesuit priest to Pius’ secretary which is contained in an upcoming book about the newly opened files of Pius’ pontificate by Giovanni Coco, a researcher and archivist in the Vatican’s Apostolic Archives.

Coco told Corriere that the letter was significant because it represented detailed correspondence about the Nazi extermination of Jews, including in ovens, from an informed church source in Germany who was part of the Catholic anti-Hitler resistance that was able to get otherwise secret information to the Vatican.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/vatican-pius-holocaust-jews-pius-pope-poland-8c511a4b99345d98f54af69dda6d2a66

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Letter showing Pope Pius XII had detailed information from German Jesuit about Nazi crimes revealed (Original Post) Eugene Sep 2023 OP
Who knew? czarjak Sep 2023 #1
Who didn't? twodogsbarking Sep 2023 #3
Just 74 million rubes. czarjak Sep 2023 #5
"Will no one rid us of edhopper Sep 2023 #2
Read The Pope at War by David Kertzer. Sneederbunk Sep 2023 #4
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