The Myth Of Hitler’s Pope:Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany by David Dalin

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.


4 thoughts on “The Myth Of Hitler’s Pope:Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany by David Dalin

  1. Hi Andy,
    I have read “Hitler’s Pope” and would be surprised that Pope Pius can really be vindicated. What does it make of the Vatican Concordat with the Nazi party which he negotiated? Does it cover the Ratlines by which the Vatican enabled the escape of thousands of Nazi war criminals?

    • Hi Tim,
      Actually, he rips John Cornwell apart. And, quotes Cornwell as repenting of the accusations he makes in the book “Hitlers Pope”. According to a 2004 article in the The Economist, Cornwell’s historical work has not always been “fair-minded” and Hitler’s Pope specifically “lacked balance”. Cornwell himself writes later:
      I would now argue, in the light of the debates and evidence following ‘Hitler’s Pope’, that Pius XII had so little scope of action that it is impossible to judge the motives for his silence during the war, while Rome was under the heel of Mussolini and later occupied by the Germans.

      Cornwell’s book, Hitlers Pope, is really no evidence against Pope Pius XII. The Myth Of Hitlers Pope does indeed slam shut the accusation that Pius was silent. Indeed he saved hundreds of thousands of Jews from the Germans and when he died Israel sent a delegation to his funeral to honor the work he did for the Jews during the war.

      Peace brother.


  2. P.S – Another great book which dismantles John Cornwell’s thesis in Hitlers Pope is Ronald Rychlak’s Hitler, the War and the Pope

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