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The Pope's Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    The year was 1938. Hitler was in complete power, leading Nazi Ge

    The year was 1938. Hitler was in complete power, leading Nazi Germany on a campaign through Europe, to spread his views. In the Vatican, Pope Pius XI, who was slowly declining into failing health, sought the assistance of an American Jesuit Priest, John LaFarge. LaFarge was a scholar, whose expertise on racial injustices perfectly fit into the Church's views on the situation. His goal was to publicly denounce the Nazism and anti-Semitism that he feared would destroy the teachings of the church. Coming from the Pope, the highest leader of the Catholic Church, this condemnation of Hitler could potentially impact the views of other world leaders, and in turn, World War II itself.
    Of course, this process was easier said than done. Pius XI found himself in the midst of an Italian government that seemed to be, whether out of fear or agreement, embracing Hitler's Germany. They even invited the leader to visit their country. Pius XI would have nothing to do with the fanfare of Hitler's arrival. Instead, he retreated to a private Vatican estate, outside of the city, in a quiet protest. Met by resistance from even members of his own church who would rather keep peace with Hitler than provoke him with a damning proclamation, Pius XI stuck to his guns, to denounce what he knew was wrong.
    I've always been fascinated by the many pieces to the giant puzzle that is World War II. This time in our history seems to show the best and worst aspects of our world, and I think there are many things to be learned. I was unfamiliar with the story of Pope Pius XI, but with all of the recent  actions taking place in the Vatican, it seemed like a good time to delve deeper into the church's history. I was immediately drawn to Pius's unassuming, humble ways. He really comes off as a kind of quiet force. This book gives interesting insights into the mysterious protocols and inevitable politics of the Vatican. Despite its rather brief length, the book is detailed, suspenseful account of this Pope's history making actions.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    It is time that the truth was told about the last ditch efforts of Pope Ratti and Father LaFarge's efforts to thwart both Hitler and Mussolini.

    Eisner's brilliant book on the efforts of Pope Pius XI and Fr. LaFarge to expose Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini's march toward World War II and their anti semetic plans is very well written and as exciting a read as any spy novel.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    These reviews have urged me to buy the book and read it as soon

    These reviews have urged me to buy the book and read it as soon as possible.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    'Bout time.....

    'Bout time.....

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Good Historical read

    Interesting take on the effects of the Catholic Church during the horrors of Hitlers methods of trying to seize histories greatest past.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    excellent

    a behind the scenes story of what did and did not happen at the vatican that could have changed the events of WWII.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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