Books

Pope and Devil: The Vatican's Archives and the Third Reich
by Hubert Wolf (Author) Kenneth Kronenberg (Translator). Belknap Press of Harvard UP (May 2010).
The Vatican’s dealings with the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich have long been swathed in myth and speculation. After almost seventy years, the crucial records for the years leading up to 1939 were finally opened to the public, revealing the bitter conflicts that raged behind the walls of the Holy See. Anti-Semites and philo-Semites, adroit diplomats and dogmatic fundamentalists, influential bishops and powerful cardinals argued passionately over the best way to contend with the intellectual and political currents of the modern age: liberalism, communism, fascism, and National Socialism. Hubert Wolf explains why a philo-Semitic association was dissolved even as anti-Semitism was condemned, how the Vatican concluded a concordat with the Third Reich in 1933, why Hitler’s Mein Kampf was never proscribed by the Church, and what factors surrounded the Pope’s silence on the persecution of the Jews.

In rich detail, Wolf presents astonishing findings from the recently opened Vatican archives—discoveries that clarify the relations between National Socialism and the Vatican. He illuminates the thinking of the popes, cardinals, and bishops who saw themselves in a historic struggle against evil. Never have the inner workings of the Vatican—its most important decisions and actions—been portrayed so fully and vividly.

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The Myth of Hitler's Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis.
By Rabbi David G. Dalin. Regnery Publishing, Inc. (July 2005)
Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalin—but there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. As Pope Pius XII worked to save Jews from the Nazis, the grand mufti became Hitler’s staunch ally and a promoter of the Holocaust, with a legacy that feeds radical Islam today. In this shocking and thoroughly documented book, Rabbi Dalin explodes the myth of Hitler’s pope and condemns the myth-makers for not only rewriting history, but for denying the testimony of Holocaust survivors, hijacking the Holocaust for unseemly political ends, and ignoring the real threat to the Jewish people.

Reviews & Responses

I've read Hitler's Pope so you don't have to Peter Sean Esq. Lex Communis March 6, 2011.
Hitler's Pope?, by Sir Martin Gilbert. The American Spectator August 18, 2006.
Pius the Good: The brief for a much-maligned pope, by William Doino Jr. The Weekly Standard 06/12/2006, Volume 011, Issue 37.
Rent-A-Moralists At Play, by Michael Burleigh. Literary Review September 2006.
The Rabbi and the Pope, by Matthew Anger. Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
Pius XII Was a "Righteous Gentile" review by Oswald Sobrino (Catholic Analysis July 22, 2005.
Review by Thomas Woods. LewRockwell.com. July 25, 2005.
The Pius War: Responses to the Critics of Pius XII
by Joseph Bottum (Editor), David G. Dalin (Editor). Lexington Books (October 2004)

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Winning the War over Pius XII, by Karol Jozef Gajewski. Inside the Vatican 2006.
A Righteous Gentile, by Dimitri Cavalli. The American Spectator June 7, 2005.
Inside the Vatican of Pius XII : The Memoir of an American Diplomat During World War II. By William H. Tittman. Image (June 15, 2004)

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"The Unsilent Pope", by William Doino, Jr. and Joseph Bottum. First Things 147 (November 2004): 39-42.
Praise for a U.S. Diplomat's Memoirs on Pius XII Zenit.org. June 17, 2004.
Hitler and the Vatican : Inside the Secret Archives That Reveal the New Story of the Nazis and the Church, by Peter Godman. Free Press (March 25, 2004)

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Review by Ronald J. Rychlak. First Things 143 (May 2004).
Men of their time & place, by Michael R. Marrus. Commonweal, May 7, 2004.
Consensus and Controversy: Defending Pope Plus XII, by Margherita Marchione. Paulist Press (May 1, 2002)

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With This Sister, It's No Act, by Ronald J. Rychlak. Catholic Dossier March/April 2002.

A Moral Reckoning: The Catholic Church during the Holocaust and Today, by Daniel Goldhagen. Knopf, February 2002.
Hitler's Willing Executioners, by Daniel Goldhagen. Random House, Feb. 1996.

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Another Reckoning: A Response to Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's A Moral Reckoning, by Ronald J. Rychlak. Crisis, January 1, 2003.
Goldhagen vs. Zolli: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Catholicism and Truth, by Donald DeMarco. National Catholic Register. Nov. 24-30, 2002.
Goldhagen v. Pius XII, by Ronald J. Rychlak. First Things 124 (June/July 2002): 37-54.
Who Jews Blame, by David Klinghoffer. National Review, March 14, 2002.
FACING ANTI-SEMITISM : Apology, yes; apostasy, no., by John Garvey. Commonweal, March 8, 2002.
Continuing the conversation, by Luke Timothy Johnson. Commonweal, March 8, 2002. [Responding to Goldhagen's article in The New Republic, among others].
Bigotry's New Low: The New Republic's taunt, by Michael Novak. National Review Online. January 28, 2002.
Review by Frederick M. Schweitzer. Historian, Winter 2000.
Review, by Victoria Barnett. Christian Century July 28, 1999.
The Goldhagen controversy, by Jeremiah M. Riemer. Tikkun.May-June, 1998.
Daniel Goldhagen's Holocaust, by Richard John Neuhaus. Review of Hitler's Willing Executioners. First Things 65 (August/September 1996): 36-41.
The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism, by David I. Kertzer. Knopf. September, 2001.

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The Popes Against the Jews (Review), by John T. Pawlikowski. National Catholic Reporter. Feb 1, 2002.
Pius XII and the Holocaust Understanding the Controversy. By Jose M. Sanchez. The Catholic Univ. of America Press. December 2001.

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Pius XII and the Holocaust (Review), by Robert B. Shelledy. Journal of Religion and Society, Vol. 4, 2002.
Weighing the Evidence, by Eugene J. Fisher. Review of Pius XII and the Holocaust Understanding the Controversy, by Jose M. Sanchez. America, Dec. 10, 2001.
A Friend of the Jews, by David G. Dalin. First Things 125 (August/September 2002): 66-74.
Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy. By Susan Zuccotti. Yale University Press. January 2001.

Excerpts

Preface & Chapter 1. Yale University Press.

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Under His Very Windows (Review), by Victoria Barnett. Christian Century Oct 10, 2001.
Pius XII: Not vindicated, by Richard Cohen. Commonweal, March 2001.
The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965. By Michael Phayer. Indiana University Press. Sept. 2000.

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The Catholic Church and the Holocaust (Review), by Victoria Barnett. Christian Century. Oct. 10, 2001.
We Remember, by George F. Giacomini. America, April 2, 2001.
Pius XII: Not vindicated, by Richard Cohen. Commonweal, March 2001.
Hitler, the War, and the Pope. By Ronald J. Rychlak. Our Sunday Visitor. May 2000.

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We Remember, by George F. Giacomini. America, April 2, 2001.
Not Hitler's Pope, by Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J. New Oxford Review, Oct. 2000.
The Defamation of Pius XII. By Ralph McInerny. St. Augustine Press. February, 2001.

Pius XII Was No Nazi, by Ralph McInerny. [Excerpt].

Pope Pius XII: Architect for Peace. By Margherita Marchione, Phd. Paulist Press. May 2000.
Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican. By Pierre Blet, S.J. Paulist Press. August 1999.

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Blet offers excellent guide for volumes on Pius XII, by Konrad Repgen. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. March 5, 2001.
Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican. (Review), by John T. Pawlikowski. Christian Century, Feb. 23, 2000.
"Pacelli's Legacy", by Jose M. Sanchez. America, Oct 23, 1999.
Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican. (Review), by Arthur Jones. National Catholic Reporter. Nov 19, 1999.
Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII. By John Cornwell. (London and New York: Viking, 1999.

Reviews & Responses:

CRISIS Magazine Interview with John Cornwell March 1, 2002.
Hitler's Pope (Review), by John S. Conway. Historian. Spring, 2001.
Cornwell's Pope: A Nasty Caricature of a Noble & Saintly Man, by by Peter Gumpel, S.J. Catholic Dossier, January-February 2001.
Hitler's Pope (Review), by John T. Pawlikowski. Christian Century. Feb 23, 2000.
The Devil's Advocate, by William D. Rubinstein. First Things 99 (January 2000): 39-43.
In Defense of Piux XII, by John Lukacs. National Review. Nov 22, 1999.
Hitler's Pope (Review), by Arthur Jones. National Catholic Reporter, Nov. 19, 1999.
Cornwell's Popes, Commonweal, Nov 5, 1999.
Pacelli's prosecutor, by John F. Morley. Commonweal Nov 5, 1999.
Unmasking the Fallacies in Book Defaming Pius XII. Interview w/ Fr. Peter Gumpel. Zenit News Service. October 3, 1999.
Power and the Papacy During the Holocaust , by James Carroll. Excerpted from the October 1999 issue of the Atlantic Monthly. The Selling of a Myth, by Ronald J. Rychlak. Inside the Vatican, October 1999.
Cornwell's Hoax. Staff editorial. Inside the Vatican, October 1999.
"Book Describes Pope Pius XII as Anti-Semite". America. Sept. 25, 1999.
The Holocaust and the Catholic Church, by James Carroll. The Atlantic, August 1999.
The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI: The Vatican's Lost opportunity to oppose Nazi Racial Policies That Led to the Holocaust. By Georges Passelecq. Harcourt. August 1997.

Reviews & Responses

"The Hidden Encyclical (Review)", by Avery Dulles, S.J. America. Jan 3, 1998.
Constantine's Sword. The Church and the Jews: A History. By James Carroll. Houghton Mifflin. January 2001.

Reviews & Responses

Constantine's Sword (Review), by Victoria J. Barnett. Christian Century. Oct 10, 2001.
The Sin of the Church, by Arthur Green. Tikkun May, 2001.
Constantine's Sword (Review), by Robert S. Wistrich. Commentary, April 2001.
Sins of the Fathers, by Daniel P. Moloney. National Review. March 5, 2001.
Flawed book tells story we must hear, by John T. Pawlikowski. National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 2, 2001.
Two Millennia of Catholic-Jewish Relations, by Eugene J. Fisher. America. March 5, 2001.
Dismantling the Cross, by Robert Louis Wilken. Commonweal Jan 26, 2001.