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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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The Vatican Documents and the Holocaust: A Personal Report

The Vatican Documents and the Holocaust: A Personal Report

(p.413) The Vatican Documents and the Holocaust: A Personal Report
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Robert S. Wistrich

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the material in four of the volumes published in the Actes et documents du Saint Siège relatifs à la seconde guerre mondiale. The main concern of this chapter is to examine how the Vatican responded to the predicament of the Jews (and also the Poles) during the Holocaust era. It begins with volume vi because this covers efforts of the Holy See to help victims of the war (especially baptized Jews) in the period between March 1939 and December 1940. The two parts of volume iii that concern Poland (in effect two separately published volumes on the same theme but chronologically divided) are treated next, since they deal predominantly with the relationship between the Vatican and the Poles. Finally, the chapter examines the letters of Pope Pius XII to the German bishops between 1939 and 1944, which are fundamentally different in character from the ‘normal’ documentation of the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Keywords:   Vatican documents, Holy See, World War II, war victims, baptized Jews, Poland, Pius XII, German bishops

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