Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust

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How should Vatican policies during World War II be understood? Specifically, could Pope Pius XII have curbed the Holocaust by vigorously condemning the Nazi killing of Jews? In Pope Pius XII and the Holocanst, well-informed scholars -- including Michael Marrus, Michael Phayer, Richard L. Rubenstein and Susan Zuccotti -- wrestle with such questions. Their analysis emphasizes that Pope Pius XII must be understood in his particular historical context. Without condoning or endorsing policies or pronouncements that ...
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How should Vatican policies during World War II be understood? Specifically, could Pope Pius XII have curbed the Holocaust by vigorously condemning the Nazi killing of Jews? In Pope Pius XII and the Holocanst, well-informed scholars -- including Michael Marrus, Michael Phayer, Richard L. Rubenstein and Susan Zuccotti -- wrestle with such questions. Their analysis emphasizes that Pope Pius XII must be understood in his particular historical context. Without condoning or endorsing policies or pronouncements that may well have been problematic, this book shows that it is possible and important to understand why Pius XII acted as he did.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718502751
  • Publisher: MacMillan Higher Education
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Leicester History of Religions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Calls for Help 1
A Chronology about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust 15
Pt. I Exploring the Controversies Surrounding Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust 41
Pius XII and the Holocaust: Ten Essential Themes 43
The Papacy of Pius XII: The Known and the Unknown 56
What Is Known Today: A Brief Review of the Literature 70
Pius XII: A Reappraisal 85
An Easy Target? The Controversy about Pius XII and the Holocaust 105
Pt. II Understanding the Man and his Policies 121
The Spirituality of Pius XII 123
Crucifixion and Holocaust: The Views of Pius XII and the Jews 137
Pope Pius XII, Roman Catholic Policy, and the Holocaust in Hungary: An Analysis of Le Saint Siege et les victimes de la guerre, janvier 1944-juillet 1945 154
Pope Pius XII and the Shoah 175
Pt. III Evaluating Pius XII and His Legacy 203
Pope Pius XII and the Rescue of Jews during the Holocaust: Examining Commonly Accepted Assertions 205
Ethical Questions about Papal Policy 221
The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: A View from the Grass Roots 233
"High Ideals" and "Innocuous Reaction": An American Protestant's Reflections on Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust 237
Interfaith Anguish 256
What Kind of Witness? 264
Postscript: What We Must Remember 274
Select Bibliography 279
Index 288
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