Rabbi Dalin explodes the resurrected, widely accepted, yet bankrupt smearing of Pope Pius XII, whom Jewish survivors of the Holocaust considered "a righteous gentile". With devastating scholarship and unblinking honesty, he sets the record straight in an audiobook that should shame haters of the pope, inspire conservative Christians, and sound a warning about the deep roots of Islamofascism.
©2005 David G. Dalin (P)2014 Regnery Publishing
I had heard there was controversy on weather the pope had done enough to try and prevent the holo cost. This book does an excellent job in defending the popes actions in defending the Jews!
There is much scholarship on Pope Pius XII (both critical and defensive) but little here at Audible. Rabbi Dalin details the things the Vatican (on the orders of Pope Pius XII) did to alleviate the plight of Europe's Jews. Dalin defends the Pius' silence during the Holocaust, arguing by speaking out forcefully - condemning Hitler, Nazism and Nazi atrocities - he might have jeopardized even more lives.
John Corwell (a primary subject of Dalin's book) wrote: "...as war began, (Pope Pius) was determined to distance himself from any appeal on behalf of the Jews at the level of international politics.
"This did not prevent him from issuing instructions to alleviate their plight at the level of basic charity. Given this background, we are obliged to conclude that his silence had more to do with a habitual fear and distrust of the Jews than a strategy of diplomacy or a commitment to impartiality. He was perfectly capable of partiality when Holland, Belgium, and Luxemburg were invaded in May 1940...."
I've been an Audible member since 2005. The thing I like about Audible is the availability of controversial books and authors. One such author I found soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks was Robert Spencer, best-selling authority on Islam, the Qur'an, Muhammad, etc. Spencer is not without his critics as is John Cornwell, author of "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII." I have Corwell's excellent book (the subject of Rabbi Dalin's book) on audio cassette tape. Audible offers books and authors on controversial subjects but why not this subject? In fairness, Audible should offer Cornwell's book on Pope Pius XII and let the reader decide.
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