Carroll Exploits Holocaust, Lies Again About Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII

Among Carroll’s lies:

1. “The case against Pius XII is well established: He knew early on of Hitler’s plan for the Final Solution of the ‘Jewish problem,’ and never raised his voice against it.”

Wrong. Carroll’s falsehood is flat-out debunked in many places (see my list below), including the book The Myth of Hitler’s Pope by Rabbi David Dalin. Even before he was pontiff, Pius XII, as Cardinal Pacelli, branded the Nazis as “false prophets with the pride of Lucifer” (Dalin, p. 65).

Pius’ “pro-Jewish” policies angered the Nazis so much that Hitler actually planned to kidnap and imprison the pontiff. Records from a July 1943 meeting reveal that Hitler openly discussed invading the Vatican. After the war, Nazi General Karl Otto Wolff testified that he had received orders to “occupy as soon as possible the Vatican and Vatican City.” (Wolff talked Hitler out of the plan in December 1943.) (Dalin, p. 77)

Meanwhile, the memoirs of Adolf Eichmann detail that the Vatican “vigorously protested the arrest of Jews, requesting the interruption of such action” (Dalin, p. 84).

And in a December 25, 1941, editorial, the New York Times wrote,

The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas… he is about the only ruler left on the Continent of Europe who dares to raise his voice at all… the Pope put himself squarely against Hitlerismhe left no doubt that the Nazi aims are also irreconcilable with his own conception of a Christian peace.

Additionally, a August 6, 1942, headline in the Times read, “Pope is Said to Plead for Jews Listed for Removal from France.”

In his book, Three Popes and the Jews, Israeli diplomat and scholar Pinchas Lapide has asserted, “The Catholic Church under the pontificate of Pius XII was instrumental in saving lives of as many as 860,000 Jews from certain death at Nazi hands.” Lapide adds that this “figure far exceeds those saved by all other Churches and rescue organizations combined.”

Jewish historian and biographer Sir Martin Gilbert has documented that Pope Pius was one of the first to publicly condemn Nazi atrocities and speak out on behalf of Europe’s Jews. Gilbert has also asserted, “Hundreds of thousands of Jews were saved by the Catholic Church, under the leadership and support of Pope Pius XII” (Dalin, pp. 13-14).

The truth is that Pius XII spoke out several times against the Nazi regime. Carroll is lying. (For more specific examples, see the sources I’ve listed below.)

2. “[I]n October 1943, more than a thousand Jews were rounded up in the Roman Ghetto at the foot of Vatican hill, within sight of the pope’s windows, and still [Pope Pius XII] did nothing. That is a fact. Those Jews died in Auschwitz.”

The truth is that Pius took immediate and decisive action as soon as he heard of the roundup. According to the research from Rabbi Dalin, Pius personally protested to Germany’s ambassador Ernst von Weizsacker and demanded that the Nazis stop the arrests. Pius himself gave sanctuary within the Vatican to hundreds of homeless Jews. He also asked that convents and churches throughout Italy shelter Jews.

Michael Tagliacozzo, “the foremost survivor on the October 1943 Nazi roundup of Rome’s Jews” and “a survivor of the raid himself, ” said Pius’ actions helped rescue 80 percent of Rome’s Jews. Said Tagliacozzo,

“Pope Pacelli was the only one who intervened to impede the deportation of Jews on October 16, 1943, and he did very much to hide and save thousands of us.” (Dalin, p. 83)

And in the June 21, 2009, edition of Carroll’s own newspaper, the Boston Globe, Mordechay Lewy, Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, is quoted,

“It is wrong to look for any affinity between [Pius] and the Nazis. It is also wrong to say that he didn’t save Jews. Everybody who knows the history of those who were saved among Roman Jewry knows that they hid in the church.

Read more of Dave Pierre’s article at NewsBusters.Org

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