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Yours Is a Precious Witness: Memoirs of Jews and Catholics in Wartime Italy

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The fiftieth anniversary of World War II and the Holocaust inspired new memoirs, documentaries and historical studies, but few examined the hundreds of personal stories of Italians who tried to rescue Jewish people from certain death, and the important role played in those efforts by the Catholic Church, especially by Pope Pius XII and many parishes and religious orders of men and women. Mainly using untapped oral histories of Italian Jews and Catholics, this book shows that Catholics in Italy who saved Jews ...
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Overview

The fiftieth anniversary of World War II and the Holocaust inspired new memoirs, documentaries and historical studies, but few examined the hundreds of personal stories of Italians who tried to rescue Jewish people from certain death, and the important role played in those efforts by the Catholic Church, especially by Pope Pius XII and many parishes and religious orders of men and women. Mainly using untapped oral histories of Italian Jews and Catholics, this book shows that Catholics in Italy who saved Jews firmly believed they were doing so in consonance with the Pope's wishes. Readers will get to know these courageous individuals through their inspiring memoirs. Yours is a Precious Witness strives to draw a more personal portrait of Pius XII. He spoke loudly - not in words, which would have resulted in Nazi retaliations, but in actions that directly saved thousands of Jews. Convents, monasteries and papal buildings in Italy became havens for refugees.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809140329
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue
Introduction
1 Historical Background 13
2 Jews-Nazis-Fascists 19
3 Italian Military 27
4 Jewish Leaders in Italy 33
The Holocaust
1 Main Events 39
2 Rescuers 45
3 Rescue Italian Style 49
4 Moral Courage 52
Italian Jews
1 Rome 65
2 Milan 75
3 Ferrara 80
4 Assisi 84
5 Genoa 87
6 Florence 92
7 Venice 98
Memories
1 Religious Teachers Filippini 109
2 Redemptorist Fathers 118
3 Fatebenefratelli 123
4 Salesian Fathers 125
5 Sisters of Sion 131
The Catholic Church
1 Vatican Policies 137
2 The Holy See 144
3 Pope Pius XII 155
4 Conclusion 162
5 Epilogue 174
Testimonials
1 Frank Tammera 189
2 Fernando G. Giustini 192
3 Joseph S. Frelinghuysen 195
4 Massacres in Tuscany 197
Catholic-Jewish Relations 199
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Appendixes
Index
Illustrations
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