A Special Mission

A Special Mission

Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII

Book - 2007
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In September, 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome and ordered SS General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler's chief aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap (and, perhaps, kill) Pope Pius XII. At the same time plans were being made to deport Rome's Jews to Auschwitz, Wolff began playing a dangerous game: stalling Hitler's plot against the pope, whom he hoped would save him from the noose in case Germany lost the war. To save Pius, Wolff and fellow conspirators blackmailed him into silence when the Jews were rounded up, hoping that Hitler would rescind his order. This tale of intrigue and betrayal is one of the most important untold stories of World War II. Dan Kurzman was the first journalist to have interviewed General Wolff following his release from prison after the war. And this is the only book to tell the full behind-the-scenes story of the plot against the Vatican and its far-reaching consequences.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780306814686
0306814684
Characteristics: xvii, 285 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

Canon law forbids sheltering places anyone outside the church establishment without the pope's express approval.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

It is impossible for a Catholic to be an anti-Semite: Spiritually all of us are Semites.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

The Church's welfare, as the pope perceived it, was his primary priority.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

And the Vatican's concern about the communist threat grew stronger even as the Allies urged the pope to stop demonizing Russia and there by weaken the Allied side.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

In a letter to the Vatican dated November 14,1923, Pacelli denounced the Nazi movement as an anti-Catholic threat and noted that the cardinal of Munich had condemned Nazi acts against the Jews.

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May 13, 2013

The Jewish problem does not exist in Italy.

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May 13, 2013

Most Italian Jews, like their Catholic counrtymen, found Mussolini and his fascist system acceptable when he came to power in 1922.

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May 13, 2013

Come what may, even if they arrest me one day and send me to a concentration camp, we have no fear. Each one of us has to answer for his deeds one day before God.

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