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New documents surface from long-sealed Vatican archive.
 
10/20/2020
 

The Vatican Knew of Jewish Genocide but Did Nothing

New documents surface from long-sealed Vatican archive.

BY BRENT NAGTEGAAL

JERUSALEM – On Friday, many will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which brought an end to the German Nazi war machine that oversaw the deaths of 70 million people during World War II.

No doubt, in the lead-up to the celebration, individual stories of valor and heroism that contributed to the triumph of the Allies will be retold by the dwindling number of eyewitnesses.

But this year there is also another story being told; not one of sacrifice and courage, but of silence.

On March 2, around 60 historians and journalists braved a trip to coronavirus-laden Italy to make the most of unparalleled access to the Vatican Apostolic Archive, specifically, the wartime records of Pope Pius XII. In 2019, Pope Francis announced he would open the cache of historic documents to independent researchers to uncover the relationship between the Catholic Church and Nazi Germany. The critical question was how much did Pope Pius XII know about the Nazi atrocities against the Jews.

 
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