Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII

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Penguin, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
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Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, has long been the subject of controversy over his failure to speak out against Hitler's Final Solution. In Hitler's Pope, award-winning journalist and Roman Catholic John Cornwell shows that, even well before the Holocaust, Pope Pius XII was instrumental in negotiating an accord that helped the Nazis rise to unhindered power--and sealed the fate of the Jews in Europe. Drawing upon secret Vatican and Jesuit archives to which he had exclusive access, Cornwell tells the full, tragic story of how narcissism, longstanding personal antipathy for the Jews, and political and spiritual ambition combined to make Pius the most dangerous churchman in history. A firm and final indictment of Pius XII's papacy, Hitler's Pope is also a searing exploration of its lingering consequences for the Catholic church today.
  

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User Review  - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads

Cornwell has written a devastating condemnation of Cardinal Pacelli (later Pius XII). So far, I have read the chapters describing Pacelli's utterly immoral role in bringing Hitler to a position of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brett Smith - Goodreads

A very interesting read about a very controversial Pope during a very trying time. Read full review

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Contents

The Pacellis
9
Hidden Life
29
Papal Power Games
41
To Germany
59
Pacelli and Weimar
80
The Glittering Diplomat
96
Hitler and German Catholicism
105
Hitler and Pacelli
130
15
268
16
275
17
285
The Jews of Rome
298
Savior of Rome
319
19
336
Absolute Power
347
21
354

Speaks Out
179
Darkness over Europe
193
Triumph
205
Pacelli Pope of Peace
219
Friend of Croatia
241
Redivivus
360
Sources the Silence Debate and Sainthood
372
Acknowledgments
385
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John Cornwell is an author and journalist, and Director of the Science and Human Dimension Project at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is the editor of two previous collections, also published by OUP: Nature's Imagination (1994) and Consciousness and Human Identity (1998).

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