George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
Historian: We're Winning in Effort to Clear
Pius XII's Name
ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
Historian: We're Winning in Effort to Clear Pius XII's Name
'Every Time We Do More Research, We Find a Diamond'
By Edward Pentin
ROME, JUNE 21, 2012 (Zenit.org).- After six years of untiring research
uncovered 76,000 pages of original material, plus multiple eyewitness
and testimonies from prominent international scholars, Gary Krupp is
the besmirching of Pope Pius XII's reputation is coming to an end.
We're definitely winning, absolutely no question, Krupp tells me on a
Rome this week. Every time we do more research, we find a diamond. It's
incredible, but there's nothing on the other side because there's no
foundation for any of their accusations.
Krupp, the founder of the Pave The Way Foundation, a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to bridging the gap between world religions, is
known for being one of the most passionate defenders of Pius XII's
for heroism in his relations with the Jewish people.
As a Jew from New York who grew up, like many others of his generation,
indoctrinated hatred of the wartime Pope for his alleged anti-Semitism
unwillingness to help Jews during the Holocaust, his anger at realizing
was all a lie, and his willingness to reveal the truth, is both
Now he and his team of researchers have uncovered more documented
Pave the Way believes should act as incontrovertible proof to any
historian that Pius XII did all he could to protect and defend Jews
during and after the Second World War. All the documentation can be
the organization's Web site: www.ptwf.org
Some of these documents show that Pius XII favored the creation of a
state as far back as 1917. In further recent discoveries, Pave the Way
across a letter written by Cardinal Pacelli in 1939 in which he
obtain visas to enter Brazil for 200,000 Jews who remained in Germany
He wasn't able to obtain the visas, but he tried, says Krupp. The point
didn't do it from the safety of Washington DC or London. He did it
surrounded by hostile forces, and infiltrated by spies, and yet he
managed to save more Jews than all the other world leaders combined.
Further letters reveal how, through his nephew Carlo Pacelli, Pius XII
prevent the arrest of Roman Jews in 1943, giving an estimated 12,000 of
the chance to seek refuge in Church monasteries, convents, and the
Italian Catholics. All these archival records show how he personally
save Jewish people, says Krupp, adding emphatically in his broad New
accent: Anti-Semites don't do that!
Other ground-breaking discoveries show how the Pope was not just a
assassination by Hitler (Pave the Way has a copy of a letter Pius wrote
cardinals expecting to be killed and giving them instructions to form a
government in exile), but that he and his secretary were also named in
report as co-conspirators in the Valkyre assassination attempt on the
Pave the Way has combed through copies of the New York Times and
from 1939 to 1958 to find any evidence of animosity toward the Jews.
not one negative article. Not one, Krupp says, adding that a French
theirs also went through French Communist and Socialist papers from
and similarly came up with nothing negative.
Krupp points out a fantastic letter from the American ambassador to
reporting on 3rd March 1939 on the new Pope's election on 2nd March.
ambassador recalls in the letter meeting Cardinal Pacelli in 1937, and
to visit the Sistine Chapel, but he wasn't able to as the Cardinal had
in his office for three solid hours, talking about National Socialism
Hitler. In the letter it says: While his views against Hitler were well
to me, I had no idea of the extremity of his views,' Krupp
Like many, Krupp is convinced the smearing of Pius's reputation was due
elaborate misinformation campaign by the Soviets and, in particular,
The Deputy, which was widely performed after the Pontiff's death. The
which spread what's become known as the Black Legend of Pius XII, is
being performed today, currently in Munich and even in an American
something that greatly irritates Krupp given the dean of the university
allowing it on grounds of academic freedom.
What makes him so unstinting in his desire to uncover the truth is his
belief that history must be accurate. People die with history, Krupp
it's absolutely essential people realize that history is a sacred thing
– you must
get it right because people kill one another on perceived history. He
anti-Pius historians are historical revisionists, and makes no apology
calling them liars instead of scholars.
He is particularly indignant with Rome's Jewish community and those who
persistently propagate the Black Legend in the face of the contrary
All of Rome's Jewish community despises Pius XII, when a few short few
ago they erected a monument in his honor because he saved all of their
says Krupp (the monument, erected in 1946, is no longer there). You
have air in
your lungs today because he saved your lives, he says in pointed words
at them, and yet you despise him? This is a sin. This is a Jewish sin.
frequently stresses that one of the worst character flaws a Jew can
ingratitude, and notes that the Hebrew word for Jew is actually based
He believes if any of the community were willing to look at the
would change their minds. Anyone who refuses to look at documents and
is a fool, he says. This is especially obnoxious to me, as this
alive because of his actions, very provably alive – everyone from the
so, Krupps argues.
He also says he has come to discover the enemies of Pope Pius XII tend
ultra-left wing Jews and Catholics with an agenda to destroy the Pope's
reputation because he typified the conservative, traditional
But what about the regular accusations one hears made against Pius?
away each of them away with ease.
On why Pius didn't lay down his life as a martyr: Why didn't General
the same thing? Why didn't Roosevelt do the same thing? Don't forget
Vatican is two entities, head of the Catholic Church and also a
would be the worst thing one can do, especially when he could do the
he did alive. Being dead would be no good at all.
On the claim no Nazis were excommunicated: They were -- I love this
German bishops said anyone who joined the 'Hitler Party,' who wore the
or flew the flag were excommunicated and a priest couldn't attend their
if any of them died.
On the accusation that Pius XII helped Nazi war criminals flee to South
after the war: No, it was exactly the opposite according to Bishop
himself [Hudal was a Nazi collaborator in Rome]; just read his
On the claim that Pius authorized forced baptisms of Jewish infants:
In fact he forbade it. There were some … You had some overzealous nuns
others who did this, but he forbade it. He forbade it because he had a
love and respect for Judaism, starting from his childhood. His closest
was a Jewish orthodox boy, Guido Mendes.
Krupp recognizes Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council declaration
considered by many to have transformed Jewish-Catholic relations, as
one of the
most important events in Jewish-Christian relations. It's arguable
invaluable efforts to clear Pius XII's name would have taken place had
been for that document, but Krupp began working on the Pius issue after
receiving a papal knighthood, seeing it would open things up to do
things between Jews and Catholics.
I'm interested to know if he himself ever considered becoming a
never, he says. If someone gave me a million dollars, I wouldn't. This
way I am supposed to be. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do as a Jew not
He says he has a huge love and respect for the Church because he looks
bottom line and sees there's no greater provider in the world for
education or charity. Indeed, he was delighted and honored to be
year to receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Orangeburg, New York.
I feel my brothers and sisters are in the Church, but I would never
converting, he says. I'm very proud to be Jewish, and I think this is
God meant for me to take.
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