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This book hopes to resolve but in the end may add to the controversy whether Pius XII was cold and unfeeling toward the Jews during World War II. In answer to the charge, the Vatican diplomatic archives for that period were opened over thirty years ago. The twelve volumes published in Italian were largely ignored, though the controversy continued. Here now, available in English for the first time, is a one-volume summary recently written by one of the original historians to work on the archives.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 416 Vendor: Paulist Press Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches) ISBN: 0809105039 ISBN-13: 9780809105038 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
In 1964, Pope Paul VI ordered the Vatican diplomatic archives covering the period of World War II opened, and they were eventually published in 12 volumes. Blet taught history at the Pontificia Academia Ecclesiastica for 17 years, and here constructs from those records an account of what is widely perceived as Pius XII's silence at the time about the Nazi treatment of Jews. He concludes that Pius did much more privately than publicly to protect Jews and others threatened. It was first published as Pie XII et la Secunde Guerre Mondiale by Academique Perrin in 1997.