Under His Very Windows
The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy
By (author) Susan Zuccotti
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Under His Very Windows by Susan Zuccotti
Book DescriptionPope Pius XII has often been criticized for his silence during the extermination of European Jewry during World War II. In his defense, some have alleged that the pope was doing a great deal to help the Jews but that his efforts were necessarily behind the scenes. This meticulously researched and balanced book examines exactly what the pope, his advisers, and his assistants at the Vatican Secretariat of State did to help the Jews of Italy. It finds that they did very little. The book begins by discussing prewar Vatican and Jesuit publications, in which Zuccotti uncovers a hitherto unsuspected prevalence of anti-Jewish sentiment. These publications, along with archival documents, indicate that Vatican protests against Italian anti-Jewish laws were limited to measures affecting converts and Jews in mixed marriages with Catholics, as was help with emigration; the papal nuncio's visits to foreign Jews in Italian internment camps did not differ from those to non-Jews and in no way eased their material discomfort; and interventions by diplomats of the Holy See for Jews threatened with deportation were rare, always polite, and seldom decisive. Above all, Zuccotti finds no evidence of a papal directive to church institutions to shelter Jews and much evidence to suggest that the pope remained uninvolved. The notion that Pius XII was benevolent and helpful to Jews behind the scenes proves to be a myth.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300093100
(203mm x 127mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Susan Zuccotti
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Narrates the life and work of Pere Marie-Benoit, a courageous French Capuchin priest who risked everything to hide and save Jews in France and Italy during the Holocaust
Holocaust Odysseys, Hardback (June 2007)» View all books by Susan Zuccotti
Describes the dangers to which Jewish refugees and immigrants were subjected in France and Italy as the Holocaust marched forward. This work uncovers a complex history of suffering and resilience through historical documents and personal testimonies from members of nine central and eastern European Jewish families, displaced to France.
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Author Biography - Susan Zuccotti
Susan Zuccotti's previous books include The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival and The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews.
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