Could the Pope Have Saved Jews During the Holocaust?

Does she not know of the terrible tragedy of the millions of Jews who were savagely put to death by the Germans and their cohorts, while the rest of the world the gentiles looked on with complete indifference?

19.12.2018 353 (0)
Letters from the Rebbe vol.1, letter 69
Could the Pope Have Saved Jews During the Holocaust?
Could the Pope Have Saved Jews During the Holocaust?

I must say that I was greatly surprised that she writes to you about the benevolence of the gentiles in her environment. Does she not know of the terrible tragedy of the millions of Jews who were savagely put to death by the Germans and their cohorts, while the rest of the world the gentiles looked on with complete indifference? Even the last Pope who could have saved many Jews by mere oral intervention, refused to do so. It is a well-known fact that when the Germans occupied Rome, and the Jews were interned in concentration camps, the German commander hesitated to harm them, having been told that it would arouse the displeasure of the Vatican. However, checking personally with the Vatican whether this was so, the Pope refused to confirm it, knowing full well what the denial would mean for those thousands of unfortunate Jews, and although he had been pleaded with to say just one good word in their behalf. As a direct result, thousands of Italian Jews were deported to the extermination camps. This is all the more noteworthy since the Pope knew well that his attitude would not remain a secret, and yet he could not find it in his heart to say a good word about the Jews. Despite efforts to misrepresent the facts, the evidence is irrefutable, as it was given by the very persons who attempted to obtain the Pope's intervention in behalf of the Jews.

That a Jewish girl should be oblivious of this and fall under the influence of her gentile environment, is beyond comprehension.

Incidentally, it is well-known that Paul completely misrepresented the preachings of Jesus and other Apostles, as is clear from the contradiction among the Apostles themselves. Be it as it may, it is enough to remember the attitude of the Christian world to the Jews in those crucial times, to form an opinion of what Christianity represents in fact.

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