Pope Pius XII, has in recent years come under intense criticism for his role and (allegedly) lack of action during World War II. It has been argued that Pius was not just ineffective by not responding to Nazism – but in fact he was anti-semitic and pro-nazi. The term Hitler’s Pope was coined by a critic of Pius in a book.
David Dalin steps up to the plate to defend Pius. Not only does he defend him he provides ample evidence that not only was Pius NOT ant-Semitic and pro-Nazi but he was ACTIVELY protesting and harassing the Nazi regime. He was also directly and indirectly responsible for the safety of over 800,000 jews. Pius actively told clergy and monasteries to help and harbor jews for their safety. What makes the book more impressive is that the author is Jewish – a Rabbi. Dain clearly calls for Pius XII to be recognized as a righteous gentile. Dalin’s book is heavily footnoted and annotated. His argument clear and very persuasive. Another good vacation book.