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The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany Hardcover – 24 Jun 2005
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The most surprising part of this book was the chapter on “Hitler’s Mufti,” showing how the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem supported the Third Reich while Pope Pius XII was working against it. Rabbi Dalin ties all of this in with the rise of radical Islam and modern-day anti-Semitism.
I would have liked a bibliography with more details of the primary sources used here, rather than just the secondary sources mentioned in the notes, but this is a book for the general reader, not the academic specialist, and I’m sure that people who are new to this controversy as well as those who have already done some reading on it will find Rabbi Dalin’s book to be worthwhile.
This book goes some way to answering those points, defending the reputation of Pius X11. How effective it is in that regard I suppose for many readers will depend upon their own perspective. My problem with this text is that there are really only two chapters in what is quite a short book that directly deal with the issue. The author takes a direct stand on the various criticisms that have been leveled at Pius XII without providing any discussion or room for doubt. The reader is put in the position of either totally accepting the author's views or researching the subject themself. I am just not interested enough in this subject to refer back to all the references provided. The problem with that is when an issue comes up that one disagrees with there is a temptation to dismiss all the arguments. For example Dalin has a section in the book describing the Renaissance Popes. I don't know why that is relevant but he paints a very rosy picture of this group as regards their relations with Jews. But no mention of Pope Paul IV and the Inquisition.
My view is that both Dalin and (to a lesser extent) Cornwell would have been better to have taken a more realistic view of Pius XII.Read more ›
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this book dispels the myth about pope pious the 12th and shows how he helped save so many jews during the warPublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
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