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In the brutal fight that has raged in recent years over the reputation of Pope Pius XII—leader of the Catholic Church during World War II, the Holocaust, and the early years of the Cold War—the task of defending the Pope has fallen primarily to reviewers. These reviewers formulated a brilliant response to the attack on Pius, but their work was scattered in various newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals—making it nearly impossible for the average reader to gauge the results. In The Pius War, Weekly Standard's Joseph Bottum has joined with Rabbi David G. Dalin to gather a representative and powerful sample of these reviews, deliberately chosen from a wide range of publications. Together with a team of professors, historians, and other experts, the reviewers conclusively investigate the claims attacking Pius XII. The Pius War, and a detailed annotated bibliography that follows, will prove to be a definitive tool for scholars and students—destined to become a major resource for anyone interested in questions of Catholicism, the Holocaust, and World War II.
1 Introduction 2 Pius XII and the Jews 3 Dismantling the Cross 4 A Dangerous Thing to Do 5 A New Syllabus of Errors 6 Desperately Seeking Culprits 7 The Land of What If 8 Something Deeply Shameful 9 How Not to Deal with History 10 To Avoid Worse Evils 11 Bigotry's New Low 12 Pius XII and the Nazis 13 Annotated Bibliography of Pius XII, the Second World War, and the Holocaust