When Pius XII died in 1958, Golda Meir sent the following message to Rome: "We share in the grief of humanity. When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the pope was raised for its victims. The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out about great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace." As early as 1940 Pius XII was receiving Jewish thanks for his stance. Here`s what Albert Einstein wrote in TIME magazine: "Only the Catholic Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler`s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly." Recommended reading: Rabbi Dalin`s "The Myth of Hitler`s Pope" (2005).
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