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A special mission : Hitler's secret plot to seize the Vatican and kidnap Pope Pius XII

A special mission : Hitler's secret plot to seize the Vatican and kidnap Pope Pius XII

Author: Dan Kurzman
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In September, 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome with plans to deport Rome's Jews to Auschwitz. Hitler also ordered SS General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler's chief aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap Pope Pius XII. But Wolff began playing a dangerous game: stalling Hitler's kidnap plot, while blackmailing the pope into silence as the Jews were rounded  Read more...
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Named Person: Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Adolf Hitler; Pius, Papst XII.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Kurzman
ISBN: 9780306814686 0306814684 9780306816178 0306816172
OCLC Number: 85019092
Description: xvii, 285 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude to madness --
Wolff in the wolf's lair --
The plotters --
Flirting with treason --
Fighting for Hitler's ear --
The only way to save Germany --
Closer to Himmler than to Himmel --
A wandering dog --
A prisoner of sorts --
Out of fear of men --
Living with God and the devil --
A Blueprint for massacre --
An agonizing dilemma --
The art of examining walls --
A question of priority --
Eve of desperation --
"But they promised me" --
A bargain in blood --
The mathematics of murder --
The path to the Vatican --
The odd couple --
Meeting a new conqueror --
Saved from the noose.
Responsibility: Dan Kurzman.
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The shocking and incredible story behind Hitler's "special mission" to kidnap Pope Pius XII-kill him, if necessary-and the surprising result of its failure  Read more...

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by reelsman (WorldCat user on 2007-07-22)

Preface, p. ix Acknowledgments, p. xiii Prologue, p. 1 Chapter 1 Prelude to Madness, p. 5 Chapter 2 Wolff in the Wolf's Lair, p. 11 Chapter 3 The Plotters, p. 18 Chapter 4 Flirting with Treason, p. 39 Chapter 5 Fighting for Hitler's Ear, p. 48 Chapter 6 The Only Way to Save Germany, p. 63 Chapter 7 Closer to Himmler than to Himmel, p. 74 Chapter 8 The Wandering Dog, p. 82 Chapter 9 A Prisoner of Sorts, p. 89 Chapter 10 Out of Fear of Men, p. 95 Chapter 11 Living with God and the Devil, p. 105 Chapter 12 A Blueprint for Massacre, p. 115 Chapter 13 An Agonizing Dilemma, p. 120 Chapter 14 The Art of Examining Walls, p. 135 Chapter 15 A Question of Priority, p. 145 Chapter 16 Eve of Desperation, p. 160 Chapter 17 "But They Promised Me", p. 177 Chapter 18 A Bargain in Blood, p. 193 Chapter 19 The Mathematics of Murder, p. 197 Chapter 20 The Path to the Vatican, p. 211 Chapter 21 The Odd Couple, p. 220 Chapter 22 Meeting a New Conqueror, p. 224 Chapter 23 Saved from the Noose, p. 232 Epilogue, p. 240 Notes, p. 249 Bibliography, p. 261 Index, p. 269 About the Author, p. 285


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"A captivating account of the Nazis' audacious plan to storm the Vatican and seize Pius XII as punishment for denouncing the deportation of Jews." Catholic Herald"

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