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The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1939-1965

Author: Michael Phayer
Publisher: Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University Press ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
"The Catholic Church's official silence during the Holocaust, its antisemitism, and its apparent lack of action to save lives have all been part of a long historical discussion. Making extensive use of church documents, Michael Phayer investigates the actions of the Catholic Church and of individual Catholics during the crucial period from the emergence of Hitler until the Church's official rejection of antisemitism  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Phayer
ISBN: 0253214718 9780253214713 0253337259 9780253337252
OCLC Number: 973790439
Awards: Short-listed for National Jewish Book Award (Holocaust) 2000
Description: xviii, 301 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: ContentsIntroduction1. Catholic Attitudes Toward Jews Before the Holocaust2. Genocide before the Holocaust: Poland, 19393. Genocide before the Holocaust: Croatia, 19414. The Holocaust and the Priorities of Pope Pius XII5. In the Eye of the Storm: German Bishops and the Holocaust6. European Bishops and the Holocaust7. Catholic Rescue Efforts during the Holocaust8. Answering for the Holocaust: The United States Confronts Germany9. The Holocaust and the Priorities of Pope Pius XII during the Cold War10. Catholics and Jews after the Holocaust11. The Holocaust Recalled, Antisemitism Renounced: The Second Vatican Council12. EpilogueNotesReferencesIndex
Responsibility: Michael Phayer.


Shows that without effective church leadership under Pius XII, Catholics acted ambiguously during the Holocaust--some saving Jews, others helping Hitler murder them, the majority simply standing by  Read more...


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Phayer insists that the failures and deficiencies of Pius XII's leadership ought not lead to a simplistic condemnation. He looks carefully at the record of the pope as well as those of bishops, the Read more...

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