In 1943 the commander of the Italian zone in France ordered the French authorities to release all Jews arrested at the command of the Germans. The same thing happened in Croatia and Greece. It is reported that the pope in a radio broadcast said, 'He who makes a distinction between Jews and other men is unfaithful to God and in conflict with God's commands.' In parts of Poland the Italian army gave arms to Jewish partisans. After Pius's Christmas 1942 address, Berlin went crazy, calling the Pope,' the mouthpiece of the Jewish war criminals'. Martin Gilbert, The Righteous: Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust, chapter 15.
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