Hitler, the War, and the Pope
Beginning the day he was crowned pope in 1939, the New York Times and other major journals saw Pope Pius XII a proven foe of the Nazis, and relied on him for information about atrocities and extermination camps. He was praised more than any other pope for his courage, humanitarianism and defense of the Jews. How, then, can one explain the almost total reversal of conventional opinion in recent years? Ron Rychlak, a trial lawyer and law professor, lays out the evidence in a dispassionate manner, explores issues on both sides, and ultimately presents his argument for the reader’s final judgement.