Nothing Sacred

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Nazi Germany considered the Catholic Church to be a serious threat to its domestic security and its international ambitions. In Germany, informants provided intelligence, but in Rome, German attempts to penetrate the Papacy were less successful - except for the codebreaking work.

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This study describes German intelligence operations against the Vatican and attempts to disprove assertions that the Catholic Church was comfortable with aspects of Nazism and Fascism, that the Vatican accommodated itself to the "New Order," and that Pope Pius implicitly condoned Nazi activities. It also details diplomatic and intelligence relations between the Vatican and most of the minor and major belligerents in the war. Paper edition (unseen), $19.50. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714647449
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: Studies in Intelligence Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Choice- "a lucid and fascinating analysis of Nazi attempts to understand Vatican startegies in WW II...a valuable contribution to scholarly literature..."

Military and Bravo veterans Outlook Magazines

"Written by the leading authorities on Vatican history, David Alvarez and Robert A. Grahaam, SJ, Nothing Sacred: Nazi Espionage Against the Vastican 1939-1945 not only provides fascinating reading for those interested in World War II history, intelligence studies , and the history of the Roman Catholic Church but contributes to illuminating a "missing dimension" to the history of that conflict."

International Intelligence and History Study Group Newsletter - Reviewed by John S COnway - Uni of British Columbia -"the authors succeed very well in depicting vividly the turgid, claustrophobic, and conspiratorial atmosphere which prevailed during those fateful years."

Katholiek Dutch - in Dutch

International History Review- March 99

American Historical Review - "the book contributes to the growing body of literature demonstrating the Vatican"s importance in twentieth-century diplomatic affairs"

Catholic Historical Review, Vol 86, No 1, Jan 2000

"An illuminating detective investigation through the halls of the Vatican during World War II.

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