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Yours is a precious witness : memoirs of Jews and Catholics in wartime Italy

Author: Margherita Marchione
Publisher: New York : Paulist Press, ©1997.
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The fiftieth anniversary of World War II and the Holocaust inspired new memoirs, documentaries and historical studies, but few examined the hundreds of personal stories of Italians who tried to rescue Jewish people from certain death, and the important role played in those efforts by the Catholic Church, especially by Pope Pius XII and many parishes and religious orders of men and women. Mainly using untapped oral
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Marchione, Margherita.
Yours is a precious witness.
New York : Paulist Press, c1997
(OCoLC)605699168
Named Person: Pius, Pope
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margherita Marchione
ISBN: 0809104857 9780809104857
OCLC Number: 35317770
Description: viii, 259 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / David Jurist --
Introduction. 1. Historical Background. 2. Jews-Nazis-Fascists. 3. Italian Military. 4. Jewish Leaders in Italy --
The Holocaust. 1. Main Events. 2. Rescuers. 3. Rescue Italian Style. 4. Moral Courage --
Italian Jews. 1. Rome. 2. Milan. 3. Ferrara. 4. Assisi. 5. Genoa. 6. Florence. 7. Venice --
Memories. 1. Religious Teachers Filippini. 2. Redemptorist Fathers. 3. Fatebenefratelli. 4. Salesian Fathers. 5. Sisters of Sion --
The Catholic Church. 1. Vatican Policies. 2. The Holy See. 3. Pope Pius XII. 4. Conclusion. 5. Epilogue --
Testimonials. 1. Frank Tammera. 2. Fernando G. Giustini. 3. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen. 4. Massacres in Tuscany --
Catholic-Jewish Relations.
Responsibility: Margherita Marchione.

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The fiftieth anniversary of World War II and the Holocaust inspired new memoirs, documentaries and historical studies, but few examined the hundreds of personal stories of Italians who tried to rescue Jewish people from certain death, and the important role played in those efforts by the Catholic Church, especially by Pope Pius XII and many parishes and religious orders of men and women. Mainly using untapped oral histories of Italian Jews and Catholics, this book shows that Catholics in Italy who saved Jews firmly believed they were doing so in consonance with the Pope's wishes. Readers will get to know these courageous individuals through their inspiring memoirs.

Yours is a Precious Witness strives to draw a more personal portrait of Pius XII. He spoke loudly - not in words, which would have resulted in Nazi retaliations, but in actions that directly saved thousands of Jews. Convents, monasteries and papal buildings in Italy became havens for refugees.

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