Unformatted text preview: Holocaust discussion 4/24/08 Group 1) Summary: defends the pope—intentions were there but involvement wouldn’t have worked well 1) the last three popes and the Jews 2) there was some history of ineffectiveness against dictators Based on Hitler’s personality he probably wouldn’t have cared Could’ve endangered the pope (kidnap/kill) Worsen situation for Jews or German Catholics 3) was not sure that reports were 100% accurate—investigate, would also have to condemn Russia, which its western allies wouldn’t like 4) If he spoke out he could’ve done harm with Catholics already in Europe jeopardize relations with Germans. It would make it worse.. Group 2) Summary: general attitude towards pope= criticized, he could’ve done a lot more—more critical than the first article. 1) Pius XI was much more vocal in criticizing Nazi policy, Pius XII was more timid—he did not outright speak out against Hitler—ambiguous 2) Pius XII remained silent, but helped shelter Jews, 1,000 were sent to Auschwitz but 7,000 managed to hide. Pius XII remained silent, but helped shelter Jews, 1,000 were sent to Auschwitz but 7,000 managed to hide....
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- Spring '07
- Pope Pius XII, Vatican City, Pope Pius XI, Pius XII