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Hitler's pope : the secret history of Pius XII /
John Cornwell.
imprint
New York : Penguin Books, 2000, c1999.
description
xiv, 426 p., [8] p. of plates : ill.
ISBN
0140296271
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imprint
New York : Penguin Books, 2000, c1999.
isbn
0140296271
catalogue key
5606673
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Cornwell is Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, England, and an award-winning journalist and author. His A Thief in the Night: The Death of Pope John Paul I was a world bestseller. He has profiled Pope John Paul II for Vanity Fair and the London Sunday Times magazine and has written on Catholic issues for many publications around the world.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-06:
A long-debated issue in recent history is whether Pope Pius X11, by taking a more forceful stand against the Nazis, could have saved many Jewish people from the Holocaust. Defenders have argued that bold opposition to Hitler would have brought serious reprisals; critics say the pope lacked moral leadership and courage to oppose evil. Cornwell (Jesus College, Cambridge) adds to the debate with a book highly critical of the pope's inaction. He describes Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) as an ambitious, authoritarian churchman who sought to secure the advantage of the church throughout his career. Cornwell traces Pacelli's entire life, with emphasis on his many years of representing the papacy in Germany and his political policies as pope (1939-58). In Cornwell's view, Pacelli's negotiations with Germany allowed Hitler to neutralize the influence of the church during the Third Reich (1933-45). Hitler allowed the German church its religious practices but insisted that it cease all political activity; Pacelli responded with appeasement. Cornwell says that the pope was asked repeatedly by national representatives and Jewish spokespersons to condemn Nazi atrocities but that he only delivered platitudes that failed even to mention Jews or Nazis--hence the sensational title, Hitler's Pope. General readers and undergraduates. W. L. Pitts Jr.; Baylor University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-05-15:
Relying on exclusive access to Vatican and Jesuit archives, an award-winning Roman Catholic journalist argues that through a 1933 Concordat with Hitler, Pope Pius XII facilitated the dictator's riseÄand, ultimately, the Holocaust. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summaries
Publisher Fact Sheet
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 & 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 & Jesuit archives to which he had exclusive access, Cornwell tells the full, tragic story of how narcissism, longstanding personal antipathy for the Jews, & political & spiritual ambition combined to make Pius the most dangerous churchman in history. A firm & final indictment of Pius XII's papacy, Hitler's Pope is also a searing exploration of its lingering consequences for the Catholic church today.
Unpaid Annotation
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.
Unpaid Annotation
The explosive, untold story of the most dangerous church man in modern history--Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII--pontiff from 1939 to 1958, from the eve of World War II to the height of the Cold War. Award-winning journalist John Cornwell shows that 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. of photos.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. x
Prologuep. 1
The Pacellisp. 9
Hidden Lifep. 29
Papal Power Gamesp. 41
To Germanyp. 59
Pacelli and Weimarp. 80
The Glittering Diplomatp. 96
Hitler and German Catholicismp. 105
Hitler and Pacellip. 130
The Concordat in Practicep. 157
Pius XI Speaks Outp. 179
Darkness over Europep. 193
Triumphp. 205
Pacelli, Pope of Peacep. 219
Friend of Croatiap. 241
The Holiness of Pius XIIp. 268
Pacelli and the Holocaustp. 278
The Jews of Romep. 298
Savior of Romep. 319
Church Triumphantp. 336
Absolute Powerp. 347
Pius XII Redivivusp. 360
Sources, the "Silence" Debate, and Sainthoodp. 372
Acknowledgmentsp. 385
Notesp. 387
Select Bibliographyp. 412
Indexp. 416
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