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Interfaith Group Founder Defending ‘Hitler’s Pope’

Pius XII's boss, Pius XI, was very troubled by his underling's dealings with Hitler, but he died before he could mount a campaign against the Nazis.
Catholic official greeting a fellow Roman Catholic. A NY based interfaith organization is trying to revise the controversial pontiff's record, so the pesky Jews stop objecting to the Church declaring him a saint.

Catholic official greeting a fellow Roman Catholic. A NY based interfaith organization is trying to revise the controversial pontiff's record, so the pesky Jews stop objecting to the Church declaring him a saint.

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Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF), a NY based “non-sectarian organization dedicated to achieving peace by closing the gap in tolerance, education and the practical relations between religions, through cultural, technological and intellectual exchanges,” has announced that its founder, Gary L. Krupp, will deliver a series of lectures in Rochester, NY, hoping to “shed enlightenment on the longstanding controversy surrounding Pope Pius XII.”

The popular record of Pius XII’s (1876-1958) is that he was indifferent to the suffering of the Jews, and remained silent while German atrocities were being committed. He refused pleas for help on the grounds of neutrality, while making statements condemning injustices in general. Privately, supposedly, he spoke to a few select officials, encouraging them to help the Jews.

This information has created a worldwide controversy, splitting Jews and Catholics, according to Krupp. In general, he says, Catholics consider Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) “a defender of human rights and specifically of the Jews.”

Fans of alternative history fiction would probably be thrilled with this one.

PTWF Founder Gary L. Krupp. (PRNewsFoto/Pave the Way Foundation)

PTWF Founder Gary L. Krupp. (PRNewsFoto/Pave the Way Foundation)

“Due to the negative information promulgated worldwide, Jewish sentiment is the opposite,” Krupp acknowledges, citing a “negative book” that even refers to Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope.”

“Hitler’s Pope,” published in 1999 by the British journalist and author John Cornwell, examines the actions of Eugenio Pacelli, who became Pope Pius XII, before and during the Nazi era, including the charge that he assisted in the legitimization of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany, through the pursuit of a Reichskonkordat, a treaty between the Holy See and Germany, in 1933.

The book is critical of Pius’ conduct during the War, arguing that he did not do enough, or speak out enough, against the Holocaust. Cornwell suggests that Pius, who had served as the nuncio to Germany, subordinated opposition to the Nazis within the Church. The author also accuses Pius of antisemitism, which was why he made such meaningless efforts to spare European Jews.

Krupp is delivering a series of lectures December 5th and 6th 2013, at St. John Fisher College and at the Jewish Community Center in Rochester. In these talks, he will present documentation that his organization has collected in the past 8 years, and “simply ask the audience to come to their own conclusion.”

Do come armed with your iPads and Wikipedia for fact checking. I’m certain you’ll be hearing enough revised history in these appearances to make some clocks in the room start going backwards. As in this cite from his press release:

“The debate is over,” says Gary Krupp. “Those who attack Pius XII still do not have a shred of documented evidence to support their claims. They base their theories on the books and research of historical revisionists whose research is weak and faulty. Every charge against Pius XII can be proven wrong. The problem is getting this information out there so that fresh, neutral minds can review and process it and render an opinion.”

Marvin Hier wrote in 2010 in the Washington Post, that after Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pius XII) signed the Concordat with Hitler in 1933, which guaranteed the safety of Catholic institutions in Germany in exchange for the Church’s silence on the 1933 laws excluding non-Aryans from public office, and later the infamous 1935 Nuremberg Laws—his boss, Pius XI, “became very troubled by his deal with the ‘devil’ and the more he observed their inhumanity and deceit, the more determined he was to confront them.”

In 1937 Pius XI “lambasted those who worshiped the superiority of race. A year later, when the Austrian Cardinal Innitzer welcomed Hitler’s takeover of Austria, Pius XI summoned him to the Vatican and forced him to issue a humiliating public retraction.”

Then, according to Hier, Pius XI “ignored his own inner circle of advisors and instructed an American Jesuit priest visiting the Vatican, Father John Lafarge, to write an encyclical condemning racism and antisemitism.”

Father Lafarge did a great job, so much so that his document was too shocking for Rome, and the cardinals delayed sending it to be signed by the ailing Pope, who kept asking for it but never saw it until it was too late.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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18 Responses to “Interfaith Group Founder Defending ‘Hitler’s Pope’”

  1. D anti jews are always anti Messiah!

  2. IMAH SHMAM VE ZIKHRAM AMEN.

  3. Shame on him, he will burn in hell w all nazis.

  4. Never be misled. If Jews reject Jesus (As do I), Christianity is anti-Jew. All types of religions that worship Jesus, whatever they call themselves, and whether they kill Jews or destroy them spiritually (by deceiving them into the Jesus cult). Hitler’s pope or Jews for Jesus ministers–it’s all the same. Interfaith? Why? That was the first mistake.

  5. Bruce Bevitz says:

    Maybe he has nothing better to do. Why is he wasting his life trying to change hard facts? You have to wonder what is the real reason why these type of people like tilting against the windmill. Find out the motive. Maybe there was no room for more Kennedy conspiracists.

  6. At the Eichmann Nazi War Crimes Trial in 1961, Jewish scholar Jeno Levai testified that the Bishops of the Catholic Church “intervened again and again on the instructions of the Pope.” In 1968, he wrote that “the one person (Pius XII) who did more than anyone else to halt the dreadful crime and alleviate its consequences, is today made the scapegoat for the failures of others.” In “The Secret War Against the Jews” in 1994, Jewish writers John Loftus and Mark Aarons write that “Pope Pius XII probably rescued more Jews than all the Allies combined.”. He was lauded and commended by Jewish Agency, Albert Einstein and eulogized by Golda Meir. To claim that Adolf Hitler was a Roman Catholic (photo description) and he held to the tenets of the New Testament is a despicable lie.

  7. Gary Krupp says:

    Your picture above is not Pope Pius XII greeting Adolf Hitler. Eugenio Pacelli or Pius XII, never met Hitler and in fact refused to even remain in Rome during Hitler's visit stating that "the air is foul in Rome". The accuracy of the rest of your article mirrors this incredible error. Commenter Bruce Bevitz wouldn't know a hard fact if it hit him in the head. Not worth any further comments..

  8. Tuvia Fogel says:

    Eugenio Pacelli was a deep, DEEP, Jew-hater. You're so far up a Catholic propaganda tree that I don't see how you could ever climb down again, Mr Krupp. Popes had to approve everything the Jesuit review La Civiltà Cattolica published, so I wish you could read a book by an Italian historian, "La segregazione amichevole. 'La Civiltà Cattolica' e la questione ebraica 1850-1945", but you're an American, and almost certainly too ignorant to read any language but your own. Your whitewashing arguments are, to use your words, 'not worth any further comments'.

  9. Rubbish he did nothing to save the Jews of Rome

  10. Tuvia Fogel 1965 was a vital year in Jewish history because that was when Nostre Aetate was promulgated. Taking a pre-Vatican II Catholic to task for not speaking as he or she would after Vatican II is simply unfair; one can just as readily blame Winston Churchill, Margaret Sanger, & Mahatma Ghandi for being anti-Black. Morality improves with every generation, & the Church now protects us, such that Pope Francis is named one of the top 50 most influential Jews! Vital to remember is that Pope Pius XII, whatever his flaws might have been, was simply not an important WWII figure. All he did was head a religion. He had no bullets, no planes, no submarines, & about 200 soldiers dressed in Swiss Army guard outfits. I studied WWII for decades without knowing who the heck Pope Pius XII was & missed nothing; the first I heard of Pope Pius XII was about four years ago when someone mentioned something about him not having done enough. The only Catholics who really counted were, on the good side, Bishop von Galen, who got Hitler to stop T4 in Germany (he started it up again in Austria) &, on the very bad side, Bishop Alois Hudel, who shipped Nazis to Argentina. This notwithstanding, Pope Pius XII did what he could. His assistant, who became Pope John oversaw over 10,000,000 requests for assistance from fascism.

  11. Also, he just could not have done all that much. If you want to know who gets a real pass on a nasty past in WWII, it's Sweden without a doubt. Ostensibly neutral Sweden in fact provided aid for Hitler's conquest of Norway! The book just recently came out on that one: ‘The Blood Track’ by Espen Eidum. Unlike any Vatican action, positive or negative, this made a real difference in the war.

  12. Actually the Roman catholic church we dont recognize it as being christian, as they have way to many gods, and we believe that the roman catholic church is the roman empire under the guise of christianity, with popes at the head instead of a Ceasar like during the Romand days. It was them who instigated that the Jews had killed Christ and since Hitler was a roman catholic took his religion from the roman catholic church. as most christian are well aware of G-d's commandment. "thou shalt not kill" plus those of us who have come to know the Lord G-d of Israel, through Christ our faithfull High priest, He has put a love for Israel and its people in our hearts, What other King would give His life for His people? G-d bless and shalom

  13. face the truth Roxanne the roman catholic church was silent during the five years of Hitler's reign, he even helped nazis escape when he saw the tide turning against Hitler, I lived under Hitler's regime and believe you me the Roman catholich church was very very silent on the persecution of the Jews.

  14. trying to make himself famous to justify the roman catholic church's behaviour or was he promised a place in heaven by the pope? he makes me angry.

  15. Roxanne Roxanadanna your statement that morality improves with every generation is a lie, plus the church does not protect us. We put our hope and faith in the Living G-d. "Jerusalem Within your courts I'll praise The Lord's great name and with a spirit lowly, Pay all my vows, O Zion fair and holy, Come join with me and Bless Him all your days." Psalm 116 verse 10 written by King David, king of Israel whom was the apple of G-ds eye."

  16. krupp the air has been foul in Rome for a long time what about all those priests molesting young boys and the consequence cover up? why are you doing this?

  17. Sientje Seinen Morality does improve. We do not buy & sell Black flesh on the open market in the US any more. As for child abuse, it is a problem in all religious entities.

  18. Sientje Seinen The Protestant Churches in Hitler's region of influence were just as bad, if not worse. Please show me one that objected to the T4 programme.

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