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    • Nicole Stone
    • 08.07.10 | 03:49 (IDT)

    This is nothing new, really. Rabbi David Dalin researched this years ago and came to the same conclusions in his book "The Myth of Hitler's Pope" Praise for Pius XII from prominent Jewish leaders "We share in the grief of humanity [at the death of Pius XII]…. When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the pope was raised for the victims. The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out on the great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace." Golda Meir Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir praised Pius XII's courage against the Nazis"No keener rebuke has come to Nazism than from Pope Pius XI and his successor, Pope Pius XII."Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary of America "In the most difficult hours of which we Jews of Romania have passed through, the generous assistance of the Holy See…was decisive and salutary. It is not easy for us to find the right words to express the warmth and consolation we experienced because of the concern of the supreme pontiff, who offered a large sum to relieve the sufferings of deported Jews…. The Jews of Romania will never forget these facts of historic importance." Rabbi Alexander Safran, chief rabbi of Romania "The people of Israel will never forget what His Holiness and his illustrious delegates, inspired by the eternal principles of religion, which form he very foundation of true civilization, are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the most tragic hour of our history, which is living proof of Divine Providence in this world." Rabbi Isaac Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel "I told [Pope Pius XII] that my first duty was to thank him, and through him the Catholic Church, on behalf of the Jewish public for all they had done in the various countries to rescue Jews…. We are deeply grateful to the Catholic Church." Moshe Sharett (who later became Israel’s first foreign minister and second prime minister)Dr. Raphael Cantoni, director of the Italian Jewish Assistance Committee, wrote: "The Church and the papacy have saved Jews as much and in as far as they could save Christians.... Six million of my co-religionists have been murdered by the Nazis, but there could have been many more victims, had it not been for the efficacious intervention of Pius XII." Albert Einstein praised the efforts of Pius XII and the Church: "Only the Church protested against the Hitlerian onslaught on liberty." Golda Meir, Einstein and many wouldnt have praised Pius if the Deputy, or the Hitler's Pope book were nothing more than propaganda. Starting in the autumn of 1943, Pius ordered Italian churches and convents to hide Jews.• In Rome alone, 155 monasteries and convents sheltered more than 5,000.• Roughly 3,000 Jews found refuge in Castel Gandolfo, the pontiff’s summer residence.• Hundreds of Jews were housed within the walls of the Vatican.• Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, a rescuer, founder of Italy’s Boy’s Town and a close confident of Pius XII, testified in his memoirs that all of this was done at the direction of a pope who’s now derided as a closet anti-Semite. Dalin writes: “He (Carroll-Abbing) stressed that the idea that he and others like him acted in spite of the pope’s silence ‘is a blatant lie! I spoke to Pope Pius XII many times during the war, in person, face to face, and he told me not once but many times to assist the Jews. … I can personally testify that the pope gave me direct face-to-face verbal orders to rescue Jews.’” It's good to see the information go more "mainstream" media though.

    from the article: 'Pope Pius XII saved thousands of Jews'
    First published 16:04 07.07.10 | Last updated 16:04 07.07.10
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