Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican

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In 1964, Pope Paul VI ordered the Vatican diplomatic archives covering the period of World War II opened, and they were eventually published in 12 volumes. Blet taught history at the Pontificia Academia Ecclesiastica for 17 years, and here constructs from those records an account of what is widely perceived as Pius XII's silence at the time about the Nazi treatment of Jews. He concludes that Pius did much more privately than publicly to protect Jews and others threatened. It was first published as by Academique Perrin in 1997. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809105038
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Vatican Diplomacy against the War
2 Pius XII, Roosevelt, and Mussolini
3 The Pope and the Church in Germany
4 The Church in Occupied Poland
5 The Victorious Reich
6 From a European War to a World War
7 Racial Laws and Persecutions
8 Deportations in Slovakia and in Croatia
9 Romania and Hungary
10 The Fate of the Eternal City
11 Events in France
12 The Last Days of the War
Further Sources
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    Blet's work a serious and credible study

    Pierre Blet's work will inevitably be compared to Cornwell's work, since they deal with the identical subject. Having read both, there is no doubt that Blet's work is vastly superior and more credible than Cornwell's book. Blet finds numerous writings from the Vatican archives ignored by Cornwell that cast Pius XII in a much more favorable light, leading the reader to wonder whether Cornwell's biases doomed his research from the outset. Blet's work is a much easier read, specifically because he avoids jumping back and forth in time sequences -- as Cornwell did -- to make 'connections' between events. Blet lets the facts speak for themselves. Any readers who have read Cornwell's book owe it to themselves to read this book. When you are done, you will have no faith in Cornwell's research. Although lacking the sensationalism of other works, Blet's work will, in time, become the source on this subject.

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