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Hitler, the War, and the Pope

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Perhaps no modern-day leader of the Church has sparked as much controversy as Pope Pius XII, the Bishop of Rome during World War II.Some claim that he was indifferent to Nazi atrocities and even accuse him of being an anti-Semite Nazi sympathizer.Others call him a lonely voice of sanity in an insane world and consider him one of the true saints of the modern world.Discover ...more
Hardcover, 621 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (first published August 1st 2000)
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Czarny Pies
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to know the facts
Shelves: european-history
In "Hitler, the War and the Pope" Ronald Rychlak, a law professor, seeks to refute the allegation that Pius XII supported the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews. This work is not history. No effort is made to place events in their context. It is a defense pleading in which specific charges are refuted.

Pius XII intensely disliked the Nazis from the time he first became aware of them in the 1920's when he was the papal nuncio to Germany and vigorously denounced them in his 1937 encyclical "Mit brennen
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John-Paul
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I believe that like many others, I was drawn to this book in light of the recent attempts to rewrite history from the perspective that Pope Pius XII was somehow "Hitler's Pope." With a mixture of excellent scholarly research, an avalanche of unbiased data from around the globe and good old fashioned sound arguments, the author takes the aforementioned attempts and renders them preposterous. Time and again we are shown that the pope was unquestionably praised for the humanitarian work he did thro ...more
Peter Mayeux
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author provides exceptional details to refute charges made by other authors that Pope Pius XII favored Hitler and Nazism in the 1930s and during World War II. He refutes very well charges that the Pope did not help Jews during WWII and could have done more to protect Christians and others under Hitler's thumb as the war in Europe began. His chapter notes are expansive; some of the detailed material in the chapter may have been better relegated to the Notes section simply to streamline the na ...more
Denise Dallons
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ronald Rychlak does an excellent job of providing the reader with a chronological progression of both Hitler's rise in Germany and Pius XII consistent opposition to his Nazi ideology. Each claim is responsibly backed and references listed are accessible to the reader. Very well done.
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Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada Lecturer and Professor of Law. He has been on the faculty since 1987. He currently serves as the university’s Faculty Athletic Representative, and he is the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is a graduate of Wabash College (BA, cum laude) and Vanderbilt University (JD, Order of the Coif). Prior to joining the ...more
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