Pope Pius XII: the Martyrdom of Silence

There is a story about a desire once expressed by the young Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) which was fulfilled in such startling intensity, that no one – least of all the boy himself – could ever have believed possible. His family had been discussing the martyrs and the great sacrifices they had undergone for Christ, when the little Eugenio blurted out that he too wanted to be a martyr and give his life for Christ, but he wanted to be a ‘spiritual martyr’.

The torment he underwent in his soul during World War II as he witnessed helplessly the most terrible atrocities taking place by the Nazis, was one of those ‘crown of thorns’ of true martyrdom he had wished for as a boy. With the rounding up of the Jews in Holland by the Nazis for the death camps as a direct result of the Dutch bishops’ obedience to his call to speak out against the injustices and inhuman acts being committed, he realised fully the consequences of opposing the Nazis openly. His hands were tied, but as is well known, the work he did secretly and unceasingly during the war years saved the lives of thousands of Jews and other victims of the Nazis.

After the end of the war his heroic deeds were lauded by most of the world when they became known, not least by the Jewish people themselves, although the criticism from some sources of his ‘silence’ during the holocaust caused him deep sorrow. He had worked tirelessly and with great risks to save those who were in peril. Then, with the publication of Hochhuth’s the ‘Deputy’ in 1963, five years after his death, the accusations against Pope Pius XII’s alleged collaboration and sympathies with the Nazis, tarnished his memory for decades. All at once, instead of a hero he was cruelly and wrongly depicted as a coward and a Nazi collaborator. Some years later, Cornwell’s book ‘Hitler’s Pope’, based on unfounded and biased documents, sealed the false image in the eyes of the world of this holy man. Even today there are many who hold on to this false image of this brave and saintly Pope.

The ‘martyrdom’ he had so desired as a boy – to imitate his Saviour’s agony – has carried on even long after his death: to be falsely accused, defiled and hated. It is therefore fitting that there are many voices clamouring now once again for the truth to be made known, and for the recognition of the courage and noble actions of Pope Pius XII during those years of ‘silence’ during WWII.

  • By Dr. Emilia Paola Pacelli:

“If we really want to make an examination of the work of Pope Pius XII without distortions or misunderstandings, we must put ourselves on his wavelength, attuned not only to his mind, but also and primarily to his soul and heart. For it is here, in the depth of his spirit profoundly immersed in uninterrupted intimacy with God, aware of being in his constant presence and, for that reason, concretely close to suffering humanity, that we find the reason and explanation for Pius XII’s so-called “silences”.

There is the silence of the fearful, the silence of cowards, the silence of traitors, the silence of opportunists, and the silence of the indifferent. But there is also the silence of the strong, of the champions of the faith, of the martyrs, of those who suffered bloodshed or otherwise.Historia docet. And this is the case with Pius XII.

Political and diplomatic ability aside, wisdom, strength and far-sightedness, concrete realism that comes only from a correct view of human events — precisely that of faith — are needed to choose silence and impose it on oneself, when supreme and very serious reasons demand it, when the destiny of thousands of men and women is at stake and that silence seems the only way not to exacerbate the already harsh destiny of so many unfortunate people. An exceptional virtus and a supreme sense of responsibility are needed to restrain in the depths of one’s heart the surge of recrimination and indignation that would otherwise burst forth inevitably from one’s conscience to condemn the worst atrocities and the most implacable ferocity: “The Italians are certainly well aware of the terrible things taking place in Poland. We might have an obligation to utter fiery words against such things; yet all that is holding Us back from doing so is the knowledge that if We should speak, We would simply worsen the predicament of these unfortunate people”. Consequently, “Every word from Us … to the competent authorities, every public allusion, should be seriously considered and weighed in the very interest of those who suffer so as not to make their position even more difficult and more intolerable, even though unwillingly”.

And that silence costs so much more and is bitter when one knows it is misunderstood, outrageously misinterpreted and branded with the most slanderous accusations.

Heroic patience and prudence are needed to face the contradictory demands of a pastoral office which, as Pius XII himself admitted, he felt and lived as a crown of thorns, an office that often required “almost superhuman effort”. “Where the Pope wants to cry out loud and strong, it is expectation and silence that are unhappily often imposed on him; where he would act and give assistance, it is patience and waiting [that are imposed]”. And patience and prudence are also needed to deal with the grip of the anguished dilemma — “it is extremely difficult to decide what must be done: reserve and prudent silence, or resolutely speaking out and vigorous action”, — in the clear knowledge of the incalculable consequences that one word too many could unleash.

A spirit formed in the most rigorous asceticism also is needed to neutralize the temptation of a “sensational and theatrical gesture”, certainly satisfying, but which would have catastrophic effects in terms of human costs; i.e., to reject, as Mons. Walerian Meystowicz said, “the way of applause” and choose “very wisely … the way of duty”.

But there are particular situations in human history where the public condemnations or vehement invectives of prophets, much easier and gratifying for oneself and the world, are of no use or advantage, but prove to be very harmful since they are the potential cause of indescribable suffering for many human beings and are therefore inexcusable before God.

The Vicar of Christ, in fact, is fully aware of the tremendous responsibility that rests on his shoulders. He cannot take any risks: even the slightest thoughtlessness could have devastating repercussions for thousands of innocent people. There can be only one password: “First of all save human lives!”.

Every decision, then, that offers even the slightest probability of inflicting further mortal wounds on the flock which the Master has entrusted to his care and increases the homicidal fury must be immediately rejected from the outset, even though at the moment it would bring him the universal approval of peoples and the acclaim of nations.

But he knows that he must not seek or be concerned about his own personal prestige or listen to earthly audiences, but to his own conscience alone. Only to the Supreme Judge must he give an account of his work and of the sheep Christ has given him to pasture. The Pope is free — he reminded Ambassador Dino Alfieri — and God will pass judgment on him if he does not react to evil or does not do what he believes is his duty. “Mind you”, he added, “we will all, all, be subject to God’s judgment, and earthly successes cannot save us from this terrible judgment”. If that Judge did not choose the convenient ways of easy and foregone triumphs for himself, but the reality of the most disgraceful scaffold, he has certainly not reserved a better fate for his “good and faithful servants”, whose greatness must indeed be measured, in God’s logic, by the bitterness of the cup drunk, often to the last dregs. And we know that the Way of the Cross with its crown of thorns and Golgotha is often accompanied by misunderstanding, ingratitude, calumny, persecution and the “crucifige” that often continues post mortem, but in which the joy of eternal glory already shines, still hidden to most people but clearly visible from the supernatural perspective.

Blessed is divine silence, if it serves to avert every injurious reaction from others, although the inevitable price that has to be paid is an extreme interior crucifixion. Fulton Sheen saw in Pius XII “a dry martyr”, “a bloodless martyr”, not bowed down, he says, like Atlas under the weight of the world, but standing upright under the weight of the cross.

And it is precisely this image which is enshrined in the testimony given about Pius XII in May 1964 by the Servant of God Fr Pirro Scavizzi and republished by Fr Rotondi on 1 June 1986.

In 1942, on his return to Rome for the second time from the Russian front with the hospital train he worked on as chaplain for the Order of Malta, this is what Fr Scavizzi says after reporting to the Pope on the outcome of his aid mission to the persecuted, a mission made secretly for the Pope himself, and on the Nazi horrors in Austria, Germany, Poland and Ukraine:

“The Pope, standing beside me, listened to me with great emotion and agitation. He raised his hands to heaven and said to me: Tell everyone, as many people as you can, that the Pope is in agony for them and with them! Tell them that many times I have thought of excommunicating Nazism, of denouncing to the civilized world the bestial extermination of the Jews. We have heard very grave threats of reprisal not only against our person, but against our poor children who are under Nazi rule. We have received very strong recommendations through various intermediaries that the Holy See not take a drastic stance. After many tears and prayers I have decided that a protest on my part not only would not help anyone, but would arouse even more ferocious wrath against the Jews and would have greatly increased the acts of cruelty because they are defenceless. Perhaps my protest would bring me praise from the civilized world, but it would bring down on the poor Jews an even more relentless persecution than the one they are suffering!”

For these tears, for this silence and hidden agony of heart and soul, we are grateful to Pius XII and, touched, we reverently bow our heads, asking forgiveness — in the name of all honest people and of the hundreds of thousands of men and women whose lives were saved through him — for the outrage committed against his holy and venerable memory.

Everything else, and here is the place to say it, is and must be silence, and naturally prayer.”

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15 Responses to Pope Pius XII: the Martyrdom of Silence

  1. toadspittle says:

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    “The Italians are certainly well aware of the terrible things taking place in Poland. We might have an obligation to utter fiery words against such things; yet all that is holding Us back from doing so is the knowledge that if We should speak, We would simply worsen the predicament of these unfortunate people.”
    In what conceivable fashion could any words from the world’s most powerful religious leader make the Jews’ situation the slightest degree worse than it then was?
    He knew that the nazis were already out to obliterate an entire race. What greater evil could Hitler do?
    The Pope didn’t even come out publicly and suggest that what the Nazis were doing was in any way wrong. Not the mildest reproach. What more harm would that have done?

    Then, let’s consider…
    “Every decision, then, that offers even the slightest probability of inflicting further mortal wounds on the flock…”
    1. There is no such thing as a “slight” probability.
    2: To inflict “further” mortal wounds would be pointless. The flock will die anyway, from the first lot.

    Toad is not convinced by the story here.

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  2. toadspittle says:

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    “With the rounding up of the Jews in Holland by the Nazis for the death camps as a direct result of the Dutch bishops’ obedience to his (the Pope’s) call to speak out against the injustices and inhuman acts being committed, he realised fully the consequences of opposing the Nazis openly.”

    Does anyone on here seriously believe that the Nazi’s rounding up of Dutch Jews was a “direct result” of the Pope’s call?
    Or do we think it much more likely that the Nazis rounded the Jews up to kill them anyway, regardless of what the Pope said?
    And that if the Dutch bishops, like the Pope, had kept quiet – the Dutch Jews would not have been slaughtered?

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  3. mmvc says:

    The following article from Zenit sheds further light on the terrible tightrope Pope Pius XII had to tread. May he pray for us and for the Jewish people whose cause he embraced in the most difficult of circumstances and whose plight undoubtedly pained his saintly heart.

    DOCUMENTS REVEAL PIUS XII SAVED 11,000 ROMAN JEWS

    Pave the Way Foundation Announces Findings

    By Jesús Colina
    ROME, JULY 22, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The direct action of Pope Pius XII saved the lives of more than 11,000 Jews in Rome during the Second World War, according to documentation recently discovered by historians.
    Pave the Way Foundation representative for Germany, historian and investigative researcher Michael Hesemann, discovered a number of very important original documents in his research of the open archives of Santa Maria dell Anima Church, which is the National Church of Germany in Rome.
    The U.S.-based foundation, founded by Jew Gary Krupp, announced the findings in a statement sent to ZENIT.
    “Many have criticized Pius XII for remaining silent during the arrest and when trains left Rome containing 1,007 Jews who were sent to the death camp Auschwitz,” Krupp stated. “The critics also do not acknowledge Pius XII’s direct intervention to end the arrests of Oct. 16, 1943.”
    “New discoveries prove that Pius XII acted directly behind the scenes to end the arrests at 2:00 p.m., on the very day they began, but who was powerless to stop the ill-fated train,” he added.
    According to a recent study by researcher Deacon Dominiek Oversteyns, there were 12,428 Jews in Rome on Oct. 16, 1943.
    “Pope Pius XII’s direct action saved the lives of over 11,400 Jews,” Krupp explained. “On the morning of Oct. 16, 1943, when the Pope learned of the arrests of the Jews, he immediately ordered an official Vatican protest with the German ambassador, which he knew would no doubt be fruitless.
    “The Pope then sent his nephew, Prince Carlo Pacelli, to meet with Austrian Bishop Alois Hudal. Bishop Hudal, head of the National Church of Germany in Rome, was by some accounts, sympathetic to the Nazis and had good relations with them. Prince Carlo Pacelli told Hudal that he was sent by the Pope, and that Hudal must write a letter to the German Governor of Rome, General Rainier Stahel, to demand that the arrests stop.”
    Bishop Hudal’s letter to General Stahel stated: “Just now, a high Vatican source […] reported to me that this morning, the arrest of the Jews of Italian nationality has started. In the interest of a peaceful dialogue between the Vatican and the German military command, I ask you with urgency to give order to immediately stop these arrests in Rome and the surrounding area. The German reputation in foreign countries requires such a measure and also the danger that the Pope would openly protest against it.”
    The letter was then hand-delivered to General Stahel by a close confidant to Pope Pius XII, German Father Pancratius Pfeiffer, superior general of the Society of the Divine Savior, who personally knew General Stahel.
    The following morning, General Stahel responded by telephone: “I forwarded the affair immediately to the local Gestapo and to Himmler personally, Himmler ordered that, concerning the special status of Rome, these arrests are to be stopped immediately.”
    These events are further confirmed by the testimony obtained during the investigation of relator (high Judge) to the cause of Pius XII, Jesuit Priest Father Peter Gumpel.
    Father Gumpel stated that he personally spoke to General Dietrich Beelitz, who was then liaison officer between Kesselring’s office and Hitler’s command. General Beelitz listened in to the Stahel-Himmler telephone conversation and confirmed that General Stahel used a threat of military failure to Himmler if the arrests were to continue.
    Exemptions
    An additional document titled “The direct actions to save innumerable persons of the Hebrew nation” states that Bishop Hudal managed — through his contacts with Stahel and Colonel Baron von Veltheim — to get “550 religious colleges and institutions to be exempt from inspections and visitations of the German military Police.”
    Just in one of these places, the Institute of St. Joseph, 80 Jews were being hidden.
    The note also mentions the involvement “for a great part” of Prince Carlo Pacelli, the nephew of Pius XII. “The German soldiers were very disciplined and respected the signature of a high German official … Thousands of local Jews in Rome, Assisi, Loreto, Padua etc. were saved due to this declaration.”
    Michael Hesemann stated that it is obvious that any public protest by the Pope when the train departed could have triggered the resumption of the arrests.
    In addition, Hesemann explains that Pave the Way has on its Web site the original SS order to arrest 8,000 Roman Jews, who were to be sent to the work camp at Mauthausen — to be held as hostages — not the death camp in Auschwitz. One may speculate that the Vatican may have felt they could negotiate their release.
    We have learned that it was also Bishop Hudal who was acknowledged by the Vatican as actively participating in helping some Nazis war criminals escape arrest after the war’s end.
    Because of his political position, Bishop Hudal was persona-non-grata at the Vatican and in fact, was chastised in writing by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini (later Pope Paul VI), for even suggesting that Vatican help any Nazi escape arrest.
    Gary Krupp, President of Pave the Way, further commented that “Pave the Way has devoted vast resources in order to obtain and post publicly all of this information for historians and scholars. Curiously, none of the most outspoken critics of Pope Pius XII, has bothered to either come to the open Vatican Archives (completely opened since 2006 up to 1939) for original study, or even accessed our restricted free Web site, according to sign in sheets in Rome and our registration records.”
    Krupp further commented that he has the sincere hope that the scholarly representatives of the Roman Jewish community, research original materials only steps from their homes.
    “I believe they will find that the very existence today of what Pope Pius XII called ‘this vibrant community’ is because of the secret efforts of Pope Pius XII to save every life,” said Krupp. “Pius XII did what he could, while under the threat of invasion, death, surrounded by hostile forces and infiltrated by spies.”
    Elliot Hershberg, chairman of Pave the Way Foundation, added: “In the service of our mission, we are committed to try to bring some resolution to this controversy, which affects over 1 billion people.
    “We have used our international connections and trust to obtain and post on our free restricted Web site over 46,000 pages of original documents, original news articles, video eyewitness, and scholarly interviews in order to spoon-feed this documentation to the historians and scholars.
    “The international publicity from this project has yielded new documentation almost weekly, which show how we have moved to eliminate the academic logjam that has existed since 1963.”

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  4. teresa says:

    What Toad wrote is historically seen quite naive. He didn’t live under the Nazis and he doesn’t know too much of history but he is quite quick in judging and feeling morally superior, just like Hochhuth and our young generation, who leads an easy and comfortable life in peaceful time but then feel very free to feel morally superior over people living in the past.

    I have a good friend, a quarter Jewish, who lost quite a few relatives through the Nazis. And what the article says is true. The Nazis didn’t plot to kill all Jews at first, it was only when they began to lose the war that they thought out the Final Solution. And yes, with time won, many Jews could have found out ways to survive. To protest loud against the Nazis like the Dutch Bishops did, would have ended in a relaliation action by the Nazis which rounded up all Jews in the Netherlands immediately, while even a day’s time won could mean life and survival for the persecuted.

    The aunt and uncle of my friend managed to survive the Holocaust through disguising themselves as Polish Catholics. One of her relatives had some jewels and managed to bride the Ukrainian SS men and so managed to escape the extinction and deportation.

    People today live in their restricted comfortable small world and have no notion of reality nor history.

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  5. toadspittle says:

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    If Teresa believes that Hitler only decided on the Holocaust iwhen he was starting to lose the war, let her read this:Extracts From Mein Kampf by Hitler written before 1925. Then she can tell me I’m naive.

    “The Jewish doctrine of Marxism rejects the aristocratic principle of Nature and replaces the eternal privilege of power and strength by the mass of numbers and their dead weight. Thus it denies the value of personality in man, contests the significance of nationality and race, and thereby withdraws from humanity the premise of its existence and its culture. As a foundation of the universe, this doctrine would bring about the end of any order intellectually conceivable to man. And as, in this greatest of all recognizable organisms, the result of an application of such a law could only be chaos, on earth it could only be destruction for the inhabitants of this planet.

    If, with the help of his Marxist creed, the Jew is victorious over the other peoples of the world, his crown will be the funeral wreath of humanity and this planet will, as it did thousands of years ago, move through the ether devoid of men.

    Eternal Nature inexorably avenges the infringement of her commands.

    Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord [p. 60].

    …To what an extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, so infinitely hated by the Jews. They are based on a forgery, the Frankfurter Zeitung moans and screams once every week: the best proof that they are authentic… For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken [p. 279].

    …His unfailing instinct in such things scents the original soul (die urspruengliche Seele) in everyone, and his hostility is assured to anyone who is not spirit of his spirit. Since the Jew is not the attacked but the attacker, not only anyone who attacks passes as his enemy, but also anyone who resists him. But the means with which he seeks to break such reckless but upright souls is not honest warfare, but lies and slander.

    Here he stops at nothing, and in his vileness he becomes so gigantic that no one need be surprised if among our people the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.

    The ignorance of the broad masses about the inner nature of the Jew, the lack of instinct and narrow-mindedness of our upper classes, make the people an easy victim for this Jewish campaign of lies.

    While from innate cowardice the upper classes turn away from a man whom the Jew attacks with lies and slander, the broad masses from stupidity or simplicity believe everything. The state authorities either cloak themselves in silence or, what usually happens, in order to put an end to the Jewish press campaign, they persecute the unjustly attacked, which, in the eyes of such an official ass, passes as the preservation of state authority and the safeguarding of law and order.

    Slowly fear and the Marxist weapon of Jewry descend like a nightmare on the mind and soul of decent people.

    They begin to tremble before the terrible enemy and thus have become his final victim.

    The Jews domination in the state seems so assured that now not only can he call himself a Jew again, but he ruthlessly admits his ultimate national and political designs. A section of his race openly owns itself to be a foreign people, yet even here they lie. For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesnt even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.

    It is a sign of their rising confidence and sense of security that at a time when one section is still playing the German, Frenchman, or Englishman, the other with open effrontery comes out as the Jewish race.

    How close they see approaching victory can be seen by the hideous aspect which their relations with the members of other peoples takes on.

    With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus stealing her from her people. With every means he tries to destroy the racial foundations of the people he has set out to subjugate. Just as he himself systematically ruins women and girls, he does not shrink back from pulling down the blood barriers for others, even on a large scale. It was and it is Jews who bring the Negroes into the Rhineland, always with the same secret thought and clear aim of ruining the hated white race by the necessarily resulting bastardization, throwing it down from its cultural and political height, and himself rising to be its master.

    For a racially pure people which is conscious of its blood can never be enslaved by the Jew. In this world he will forever be master over bastards and bastards alone.

    And so he tries systematically to lower the racial level by a continuous poisoning of individuals.

    And in politics he begins to replace the idea of democracy by the dictatorship of the proletariat.

    In the organized mass of Marxism he has found the weapon which lets him dispense with democracy and in its stead allows him to subjugate and govern the peoples with a dictatorial and brutal fist.

    He works systematically for revolutionization in a twofold sense: economic and political.

    Around peoples who offer too violent a resistance to attack from within he weaves a net of enemies, thanks to his international influence, incites them to war, and finally, if necessary, plants a flag of revolution on the very battlefields.

    In economics he undermines the states until the social enterprises which have become unprofitable are taken from the state and subjected to his financial control.

    In the political field he refuses the state the means for its self-preservation, destroys the foundations of all national self-maintenance and defense, destroys faith in the leadership, scoffs at its history and past, and drags everything that is truly great into the gutter.

    Culturally, he contaminates art, literature, the theater, makes a mockery of natural feeling, overthrows all concepts of beauty and sublimity, of the noble and the good, and instead drags men down into the sphere of his own base nature.

    Religion is ridiculed, ethics and morality represented as outmoded, until the last props of a nation in its struggle for existence in this world have fallen.

    Now begins the great last revolution. In gaining political power the Jew casts off the few cloaks that he still wears. The democratic peoples Jew becomes the blood-Jew and tyrant over peoples. In a few years he tries to exterminate the national intelligentsia and by robbing the peoples of their natural intellectual leadership makes them ripe for the slaves lot of permanent subjugation.

    The most frightful example of this kind is offered by Russia, where he killed or starved about thirty million people with positively fanatical savagery, in part amid inhuman tortures, in order to give a gang of Jewish journalists and stock exchange bandits domination over a great people.

    The end is not only the end of the freedom of the peoples oppressed by the Jew, but also the end of this parasite upon the nations. After the death of his victim, the vampire sooner or later dies too [pp. 293-296].

    Extracts From Mein Kampf by Hitler

    …The Jewish doctrine of Marxism rejects the aristocratic principle of Nature and replaces the eternal privilege of power and strength by the mass of numbers and their dead weight. Thus it denies the value of personality in man, contests the significance of nationality and race, and thereby withdraws from humanity the premise of its existence and its culture. As a foundation of the universe, this doctrine would bring about the end of any order intellectually conceivable to man. And as, in this greatest of all recognizable organisms, the result of an application of such a law could only be chaos, on earth it could only be destruction for the inhabitants of this planet.

    If, with the help of his Marxist creed, the Jew is victorious over the other peoples of the world, his crown will be the funeral wreath of humanity and this planet will, as it did thousands of years ago, move through the ether devoid of men.

    Eternal Nature inexorably avenges the infringement of her commands.

    Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord [p. 60].

    …To what an extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, so infinitely hated by the Jews. They are based on a forgery, the Frankfurter Zeitung moans and screams once every week: the best proof that they are authentic… For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken [p. 279].

    …His unfailing instinct in such things scents the original soul (die urspruengliche Seele) in everyone, and his hostility is assured to anyone who is not spirit of his spirit. Since the Jew is not the attacked but the attacker, not only anyone who attacks passes as his enemy, but also anyone who resists him. But the means with which he seeks to break such reckless but upright souls is not honest warfare, but lies and slander.

    Here he stops at nothing, and in his vileness he becomes so gigantic that no one need be surprised if among our people the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.

    The ignorance of the broad masses about the inner nature of the Jew, the lack of instinct and narrow-mindedness of our upper classes, make the people an easy victim for this Jewish campaign of lies.

    While from innate cowardice the upper classes turn away from a man whom the Jew attacks with lies and slander, the broad masses from stupidity or simplicity believe everything. The state authorities either cloak themselves in silence or, what usually happens, in order to put an end to the Jewish press campaign, they persecute the unjustly attacked, which, in the eyes of such an official ass, passes as the preservation of state authority and the safeguarding of law and order.

    Slowly fear and the Marxist weapon of Jewry descend like a nightmare on the mind and soul of decent people.

    They begin to tremble before the terrible enemy and thus have become his final victim.

    The Jews domination in the state seems so assured that now not only can he call himself a Jew again, but he ruthlessly admits his ultimate national and political designs. A section of his race openly owns itself to be a foreign people, yet even here they lie. For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesnt even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.

    It is a sign of their rising confidence and sense of security that at a time when one section is still playing the German, Frenchman, or Englishman, the other with open effrontery comes out as the Jewish race.

    How close they see approaching victory can be seen by the hideous aspect which their relations with the members of other peoples takes on.

    With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus stealing her from her people. With every means he tries to destroy the racial foundations of the people he has set out to subjugate. Just as he himself systematically ruins women and girls, he does not shrink back from pulling down the blood barriers for others, even on a large scale. It was and it is Jews who bring the Negroes into the Rhineland, always with the same secret thought and clear aim of ruining the hated white race by the necessarily resulting bastardization, throwing it down from its cultural and political height, and himself rising to be its master.

    For a racially pure people which is conscious of its blood can never be enslaved by the Jew. In this world he will forever be master over bastards and bastards alone.

    And so he tries systematically to lower the racial level by a continuous poisoning of individuals.

    And in politics he begins to replace the idea of democracy by the dictatorship of the proletariat.

    In the organized mass of Marxism he has found the weapon which lets him dispense with democracy and in its stead allows him to subjugate and govern the peoples with a dictatorial and brutal fist.

    He works systematically for revolutionization in a twofold sense: economic and political.

    Around peoples who offer too violent a resistance to attack from within he weaves a net of enemies, thanks to his international influence, incites them to war, and finally, if necessary, plants a flag of revolution on the very battlefields.

    In economics he undermines the states until the social enterprises which have become unprofitable are taken from the state and subjected to his financial control.

    In the political field he refuses the state the means for its self-preservation, destroys the foundations of all national self-maintenance and defense, destroys faith in the leadership, scoffs at its history and past, and drags everything that is truly great into the gutter.

    Culturally, he contaminates art, literature, the theater, makes a mockery of natural feeling, overthrows all concepts of beauty and sublimity, of the noble and the good, and instead drags men down into the sphere of his own base nature.

    Religion is ridiculed, ethics and morality represented as outmoded, until the last props of a nation in its struggle for existence in this world have fallen.

    Now begins the great last revolution. In gaining political power the Jew casts off the few cloaks that he still wears. The democratic peoples Jew becomes the blood-Jew and tyrant over peoples. In a few years he tries to exterminate the national intelligentsia and by robbing the peoples of their natural intellectual leadership makes them ripe for the slaves lot of permanent subjugation.

    The most frightful example of this kind is offered by Russia, where he killed or starved about thirty million people with positively fanatical savagery, in part amid inhuman tortures, in order to give a gang of Jewish journalists and stock exchange bandits domination over a great people.

    The end is not only the end of the freedom of this parasite upon the nations. “

    He seemd to have something on his mind back then.

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  6. toadspittle says:

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    However, from Adolf back to Pius:
    “The Pope, standing beside me, listened to me with great emotion and agitation. He raised his
    hands to heaven and said to me: Tell everyone, as many people as you can, that the Pope is in agony for them and with them! Tell them that many times I have thought of excommunicating Nazism, of denouncing to the civilized world the bestial extermination of the Jews.”

    I am no theologian, as is obvious, but why didn’t he tell everybody himself? And surely the Greatest Crime Ever Perpretrated On Earth, demanded excommunication?
    What could there to ponder and agonise about?
    And if that didn’t deserve it, what does? Gay marriage?

    Why didn’t he use his power of excommunication then? Surely that would have given the conscience of every Catholic Axis citizen something to think about, and maybe even act on?

    Naive Old Toad!

    Sorry about all that boring, unedited Mein Kamp stuff, but I’m in a hurry.

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  7. teresa says:

    Yes Toad, you are naive, and too lazy to inform yourself, because what I wrote is a historical fact, from Mein Kampf to real policy, there is still a distance. Bishop Williamson is an Antisemite, and he would agree with a lot of what is written about Jews in the Mein Kampf of Hitler, but it doesn’t mean that he is also designing to erase all Jews from the earth. During the earlier years of the war, Mass deportation and Expatriation of Jews was thought as a plan. It was documented, for example in a letter of Göring to Heydrich of July, 31th., 1941.

    You probably never heard of the so called Madagascar Plan:

    “The Madagascar Plan was a suggested policy of the Nazi government of Germany to relocate the Jewish population of Europe to the island of Madagascar. The leaders of Nazi Germany seized on the idea, and Adolf Hitler signed off on it in 1938. In May 1940, Heinrich Himmler, in his Reflections on the Treatment of Peoples of Alien Races in the East, declared: “I hope that the concept of Jews will be completely extinguished through the possibility of a large emigration of all Jews to Africa or some other colony.”

    Although some discussion of this plan had been brought forward from 1938 by other well-known Nazi ideologues, such as Julius Streicher, Hermann Göring, Alfred Rosenberg and Joachim von Ribbentrop, it was not until 1940 that the planning process was actually set in motion. Following the Franco-German armistice of 25 June, Franz Rademacher recommended as one of the terms of a peace treaty with France, that France make her colony Madagascar available as a destination for Jews from Europe. Etc.”. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_Plan

    I know about this from well researched documentary films made in Germany. But reading an English book on the Holocaust, will also correct your picture of history. One just has to spend less time on comment threads but more time on reading.

    From 1939-1941, it was planned by the Nazis that all Jews should be deported to regions
    reserved for them, Heydrich for example, thought of Lublin of a “Jewish reservation”. Parallely to this plan, working camps were built for deported Jews. They were terribly treated and exploited, and pogroms haven taken place now and then, but there was still no systematical plan to extinct all Jews from Europe.

    In the Soviet Union, Jews were shot en mass by the Wehrmacht, for example the Massacre of Babi Yar, but also Russians were shot, villages in Belarus were systematically burnt down and Russians, not only Jews, were killed by SS troops.

    The Final Solution was decided upon in 1942.

    As for why Pope Pius didn’t tell everyone else himself, I don’t really know, but Pope Pius was not trying to pose himself as an hero but trying to save life.

    To pose oneself as an hero is easy, to save life is difficult. Our liberal friends prefer seeing themselves in limelights and so they would like to pose as heroes, as the only righteous persons in the world, but to do something real for the others? Not in the taste of our politically correct and hollier-than-thou modern liberal friends. They are quick in condemning others, but slow in doing anything real for other people. Egoists who want to be morally superior at a cheap prize.

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  8. toadspittle says:

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    “As for why Pope Pius didn’t tell everyone else himself, I don’t really know, “ Oddly refreshing bit of honesty here from Teresa.

    Any theories?

    Here’s one: Pius would tell Hitler publicly, “You are wrong to do this.” and Hitler would say, “I don’t care. I will kill all theJews, and when I’m finished, I’ll kill you too and everyone else who doesn’t like it.”

    Only a theory, of course.
    Very good debate, though!

    Moving right along.. “Bishop Williamson is an Antisemite, and he would agree with a lot of what is written about Jews in the Mein Kampf of Hitler, but it doesn’t mean that he is also designing to erase all Jews from the earth. “ says the redoubtable Teresa. who apparently has access to Williamson’s inner feelings and ambitions.
    Oh. would he really?
    Well did I, or anyone else, suggest for a moment what Williamson has in mind for dealing with Jews?
    A little presumptous on my part, that would be.. Not on Teresa’s though, it would seem.
    And what the hell has the loony Williamson got to do with this debate, anyway? Any more than, say, Mosley Mussolini, or Mickey Mouse?

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  9. kathleen says:

    Having been out all day, it’s taken me a while to read through all the comments above. Thank you very much mmvc and Teresa for your vitally important contributions to the debate.

    It is very revealing what Gary Krupp from the Pave the Way Foundation tells us in the Zenit report, posted by mmvc!
    Curiously, none of the most outspoken critics of Pope Pius XII, has bothered to either come to the open Vatican Archives (completely opened since 2006 up to 1939) for original study, or even accessed our restricted free Web site, according to sign in sheets in Rome and our registration records.
    Here all those critics of Servant of God, Pope Pius XII, have the opportunity to uncover evidence to support their claim….. and what do they do? Nothing; they ignore it.
    This just goes to prove that Toad et al, who chose to believe Pius XII remained silent during the Holocaust out of fear, cowardice, or worse, just spout out their defamatory nonsense with no proof or any evidence. Perhaps they just prefer not to change their obstinate minds….. that would take humility. (“Cripes!” I hear Toad say.)

    Why did Pope Pius XII remain silent?” asks Toad.
    First of all because he wanted to save lives….. as Teresa points out. Remaining silent and working behind the closed doors of the Vatican, he could, and did, do just that.
    Once again Toad, you have no evidence to say that Hitler did not round up the Dutch Jews as a direct result of the Dutch Bishops’ condemnation of the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews in other countries. It is a fact, well documented, that this is exactly what made Hitler, furious at the Pope’s words to the Bishops, decide to do straight afterwards!

    Why didn’t he excommunicate the Nazis?”
    Had he done so, can you for just one moment, imagine the absolute fury unleashed in Hitler? He could not stand any opposition. It’s very probable the Nazis might have stormed into the Vatican – a constant threat – and imprisoned, or even murdered, the Pope. There could have been a massacre there and it would have been a tragedy and a disaster for the whole Church. Pope Pius XII was not afraid for what might have happened to his persona, but he feared for the fate of his beloved Church if he, as Pope, were captured or ‘executed’. The world was in the midst of the worst war in the history of mankind, and the whole of humanity was on the brink of annihilation.

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  10. toadspittle says:

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    “Why didn’t he excommunicate the Nazis?” (asked Toad)
    “Had he done so, can you for just one moment, imagine the absolute fury unleashed in Hitler? “

    Answers Kathleen.

    So, the Pope was scared of Hitler. Well, he wasn’t the only one. But I still believe, that scared or not, it was his duty to excommunicate Adolf and the rest. It’s what popes do. Or ought to.
    It also seems to me that Hitler’s “absolute fury” could scarcely have resulted in more Jews being murdered.
    What more could he do?
    Kill them all twice?

    I may be wrong, of course.

    To sum up: Whatever wonderful things Pius achieved in private on behalf of Nazi victims, he failed in public. Still, he got his wish and became a martyr, along with many others, thanks to Hitler. Which was nice for him.

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  11. kathleen says:

    The Pope had no need to publicly excommunicate any Catholics among the Nazis; their very own actions did that for themselves. (Most Nazis were not baptised Catholics, as everyone knows…. and for the Nazis who were Catholics, any of them that had anything to do with the extermination camps must have long since lost the Faith.) The Pope did speak out (as you can see in the link below) but he felt he could be far more effective in saving lives by remaining silent. Had he made a public statement excommunicating all Nazis, atheistic Hitler would have been very affronted. He most certainly could have killed more Jews – all those the Pope was hiding in secret in convents and monasteries in Italy – plus adding the mass murder of more Catholics to his toll, had the Nazi army stormed the Vatican. (Something like that happened in 1527 when the Emperor Carlos V’s mercenaries poured into the Vatican, murdering and pillaging.)

    Many Jewish sources thanked Pope Pius XII for his untiring work during the war to save lives.

    http://www.michaeljournal.org/piusXII.htm

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  12. toadspittle says:

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    So, what we are asserting here is that the best way to deal with murdering thugs like Hitler is to keep quiet, or it make will only make them worse

    Lucky Churchill, Roosevelt, and De Gaulle had other ideas.

    I’m not surprised that such an appalling suggestion could have currency on here – but the fact that nobody else sees it in that light is a little puzzling. But not very.

    Although, reading the attached link, the Holy Father apparently spent the entire war publicly denouncing the Nazis. In which case, why should there be any controversy? It would seem he didn’t keep quiet at all. So what is Kathleen talking about?

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  13. kathleen says:

    He (Pope Pius XII) denounced the Nazi’s cruel dealings with the Jews before the war. When, after war broke out and the Nazi antisemitism was gradually unleashed in full fury, he saw clearly the imprudence in openly confronting them. The terrible consequences in Holland (which we have already mentioned above) were proof of that. Nevertheless, the Nazis knew full well the Pope’s total opposition to their methods….. which is why a storming and taking over of the Vatican was always a very real threat. This would have had terrible consequences for the Church worldwide, which is why the Pope – against his will – had to work against them in silence.

    Amongst other testimonies in the above link is this moving one:
    Israele Anton Zolli, the Chief Rabbi of Rome during the German occupation, wrote: “Volumes could be written on the multiform works of Pius XII, and the countless priests, religious and laity who stood with him throughout the world during the war.”
    “No hero,” he said, “in all of history was more militant, more fought against, none more heroic, than Pius XII in pursuing the works of true charity… and thus on behalf of all the suffering children of God. What the Vatican did will be indelibly and eternally engraved in our hearts… Priests and even high prelates did things that will forever be an honor to Catholicism”.”

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  14. toadspittle says:

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    Well, if Pius was OK with Einstein, he’s OK with Toad. I take back all my harsh strictures. (Well, almost all. Oh, all right…all.)

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  15. lurker says:

    “Lucky Churchill, Roosevelt, and De Gaulle had other ideas.” – Maybe against fascism and totalitarianism in general, but not with regard to the plight of the Jews. They took measures to limit the migration of Jewish refugees prior to the war, and if they couldn’t help during the war, was the big bad Vatican going to be able to do it alone?

    ” In the United States, for example, the number of immigrants was limited to 153,744 per year, (pre 1939) divided by country of origin. Moreover, the entry requirements were so stringent that available quotas were often not filled. …. . Other countries, particularly those in Latin America, adopted immigration policies that were similar or even more restrictive, thus closing the doors to prospective immigrants from the Third Reich….Great Britain, while somewhat more liberal than the United States on the entry of immigrants, took measures to severely limit Jewish immigration to Palestine. In May 1939, the British issued a “White Paper” stipulating that only 75,000 Jewish immigrants would be allowed to enter Palestine over the course of the next five years (10,000 a year, plus an additional 25,000). This decision prevented hundreds of thousands of Jews from escaping Europe.” http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

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