George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
Students at Jewish College See Pius XII's WWII Efforts
Ready to Set the Record Straight
ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
NEW YORK, DEC 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A group of New York university
students were the first to see a compilation of new evidence on Pope
Pius XII's efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust.
The response of one rabbinic student, Noah Greenfield, was to be
"inspired to help in any way I can to set the record straight."
Greenfield was giving his impression after seeing a presentation from
the New York-based Pave the Way Foundation, a group that aims to
promote interreligious dialogue.
The founder, Gary Krupp, has brought to light some 7,000 pages of
documentation showing how Pius XII worked to save Jews during World War
II. The foundation is working on a nomination of the Pope for the Yad
Vashem title of "Righteous Among the Nations."
The presentation of this evidence was made Tuesday at Yeshiva
University to a group of about 70 students. This was the first public
presentation for many of the documents.
Greenfield said that "Gary Krupp's meticulous documentation convinced
me that not only was Pope Pius XII innocent of all charges against him,
but that he was the shining exemplar of humanity, faith and courage
during the Holocaust."
The research shows how there was worldwide affection and appreciation
shown Pius XII until a fictitious 1963 play, called "The Deputy."
The students expressed their amazement at seeing how a single play was
able to overshadow proof of the Pope's efforts.
Krupp, himself a Jew, said his research has shown him that "the only
phrase that fits the actions of Pope Pius XII in his personal efforts
to save the Jewish people from the Nazi onslaught is 'borderline
He explained: "[The Pope] acted to save as many Jews as he could, even
to use trickery to send Jews to countries that said no Jews [could] be
admitted. Pacelli ordered false baptismal papers to be issued to the
refugees and called them 'Non Aryan Catholic-Jews,' and then many were
allowed to emigrate to countries like Brazil, the U.S. and Canada.
"Had these people been really baptized then they would have simply been
referred to as Catholics. Many critics have misinterpreted this
deception and stated that Pius XII only worked hard to save converted
Krupp further stated that one characteristic of the Holy Father's work
merits special acclaim: "[H]is life saving efforts were done
anonymously, which in Jewish tradition is the highest form of charity.
He did this when literally no other religious leaders or political
leaders of the era did anything by comparison."
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