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Unholy Trinity by Mark Aarons
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it was amazing

A superbly researched book that deserves renewed consideration and attention.

The primary thesis of this book is that the Vatican was instrumental in developing and maintaining escape routes out of Europe for known and suspected Nazi war criminals during and after WWII. This was done primarily by senior Vatican officials with the full knowledge of Pope Pius XII and senior Vatican advisor Giovanni Montini, later Pope Paul VI. War criminals were smuggled out under the auspices of the otherwise legitimate refugee relocation programs, with falsified International Red Cross documentation. This was done in order to have a ready made anti-Communist force as the Cold War became more and more of a reality.

The Vatican was not alone in this. British, and to a slightly lesser extent, American, intelligence were complicit in recruiting Nazis to serve as anti-communist leaders who needed to be smuggled out. But the hub and actual way station was the Vatican.

Unfortunately they were all played for fools by Soviet intelligence. Even before the war, the Soviet GRU (the military version of the KGB) was integrating itself into Vatican, British, German, and other intelligence services, passing themselves off as right wing supporters and feeding them false information on Soviet activities. Once the Vatican initiated its ratlines out to South America, Britain, America, Canada, and Australia, many of the agents they thought were Nazis were actually Soviet agents taking advantage of the Vatican's naiveté and Soviet agents in the Vatican itself (like Bishop Hudal and Father Dragonovic) to become implanted in Western nations and further into their intelligence services.

If you enjoy Vatican scandals, American and British scandals, WWII history generally, or good old fashioned spy stories, this is great book to read. It is a bit dense at times, and difficult to follow as there a lot of players involved, but it is definitely worth the time and effort.
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Reading Progress

April 18, 2014 – Shelved
April 18, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
June 5, 2014 – Started Reading
June 5, 2014 –
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June 25, 2014 –
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July 3, 2014 –
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July 5, 2014 – Finished Reading

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