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The Pope at War by David I. Kertzer
Jun 07, 2022 | ISBN 9780812989946

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“A magisterial new study of how the Vatican navigated World War II and why Pope Pius XII stayed silent in the face of the mass murder of Jews, The Pope at War is a powerful and carefully argued book based on documents from the newly opened Vatican archives revealing how institutional self-interest dictated the pope’s actions.”—Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history and Italian studies, New York University

“In this rigorous and riveting book, David Kertzer uses newly declassified Vatican documents to provide a far fuller portrait of the wartime pope than ever before. Kertzer offers a number of discoveries, including the diplomatic mission of a Nazi prince to the Vatican, showing how Hitler and Mussolini intimidated the pope, who believed there were ‘good fascists.’ The Pope at War is the most authoritative study of Pope Pius XII to date, and Kertzer’s findings will not bolster the cause of those who seek this pope’s canonization but the cause of those who are not afraid of history.”—Jonathan Petropoulos, author of Goering’s Man in Paris

“David Kertzer has outdone himself and crowned his extraordinary career with this volume on Pope Pius XII.  Relying especially upon recently released documents at the Vatican Archives, Kertzer writes a simply riveting account with a worldwide cast of characters that includes Mussolini, Hitler, FDR, Churchill, and Eisenhower.  For decades, scholars have wondered if the Vatican archives would contain new findings about the controversial Pope and the Roman Curia, especially in relation to the Jews of Europe during and after the Holocaust. They need wonder no more. This remarkably researched book is replete with revelations that deserve the adjective ‘explosive’—and with so much more. The Pope at War is a masterpiece.”—Kevin Madigan, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Harvard University

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