Following mass demonstrations against Jews and Catholics, a Nazi mob attacked Faulhaber's palace, and smashed its windows. The Bishop of Munster, August von Galen, though a German conservative and nationalist, criticised Nazi racial policy in a sermon in Januaryand in subsequent homilies spoke against Hitler's theory of the purity of German blood.
In response, the Nazis organised mass demonstrations against Catholics and Jews in Munich, and the Bavarian Gauleiter Adolf Wagner declared before 5, protesters: "Every utterance the Pope makes in Rome is an incitement of the Jews throughout the world to agitate against Germany".
A Nazi mob attacked Cardinal Faulhaber's palace, and smashed its windows. We deny the Pope's statement that there is but one human race. The Jews are parasites. Bernhard Lichtenberg closed each evening service with a prayer "for the Jews, and the poor prisoners in the Concentration camps". Fromforced sterilisation of the hereditarily diseased had commenced in Germany.
Based on eugenic theories, it proposed to cleanse the German nation of "unhealthy breeding stock" and was taken a step further inwhen the regime commenced its "euthanasia". This was the first of the regime's infamous series of mass extermination programmes, which saw the Nazis attempt to eliminate "life unworthy of life" from Europe: first the handicapped, then Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others deemed "subnormal". Ultimately, the Jews suffered most in numerical terms, while Gypsies suffered the greatest proportional loss.
The Jews later termed the tragedy The Holocaust or Shoah. As word of the program spread, protest grew, until finally, Bishop August von Galen delivered his famous sermons denouncing the program as "murder".
Thousands of copies of the sermons were circulated across Germany. Galen denounced the regime's violations of basic human rights: "the right to lifeto inviolability, and to freedom is an indispensable part of any moral social order", he said - and any government that punishes without court proceedings "undermines its own authority and respect for its sovereignty within the conscience of its citizens".
Unlike the Nazi euthanasia murder of invalids, which the church led protests against, the Final Solution liquidation of the Jews did not primarily take place on German soil, but rather in Polish territory. Awareness of the murderous campaign was therefore less widespread. Such protests as were made by the Catholic bishops in Germany regarding anti-Semitic policies of the regime, tended to be by way of private letters to government ministers.
The Nazi Concentration Camps had been established inas political prisons, but it was not until the invasion of Russia that the death camps opened, and techniques learned in the aborted euthanasia program were transported to the East for the racial exterminations.
The process of gassing commenced in December The document acknowledged a negative history of "long-standing sentiments of mistrust and hostility that we call anti-Judaism " from many Christians towards Jews, but distinguished these from the racial antisemitism of the Nazis: . In the 20th century, National Socialism in Germany used these ideas as a pseudo-scientific basis for a distinction between so called Nordic-Aryan races and supposedly inferior races.
Furthermore, an extremist form of nationalism was heightened in Germany by the defeat of and the demanding conditions imposed by the victors, with the consequence that many saw in National Socialism a solution to their country's problems and cooperated politically with this movement.
The Church in Germany replied by condemning racism. As Secretary of State, Pacelli made some 55 protests against Nazi policies, including its "ideology of race".
Orsenigo generally proved a poor instrument in this regard, concerned more with the anti-church policies of the Nazis and how these might effect German Catholics, than with taking action to help German Jews. It repudiated Nazi racial theory and the "so-called myth of race and blood". Orsenigo later met with Hitler at Berchtesgaden, but when the subject of the Jews was raised, Hitler reportedly turned his back, and smashed a glass on the floor. Mary Fulbrook wrote that when politics encroached on the church, Catholics were prepared to resist, but that the record was otherwise patchy and uneven, and that, with notable exceptions, "it seems that, for many Germans, adherence to the Christian faith proved compatible with at least passive acquiescence in, if not active support for, the Nazi dictatorship".
Firmer resistance by Catholic leaders gradually reasserted itself by the individual actions of leading churchmen like Joseph FringsKonrad von PreysingAugust von Galen and Michael von Faulhaber.
Among the most firm and consistent of senior Catholics to oppose the Nazis was Bishop Konrad von Preysing. Preysing was appointed as Bishop of Album) in What a beast! He was part of the five-member commission that prepared the papal encyclical Mit brennender Sorge anti-Nazi encyclical of March He extended care to both baptised and unbaptised Jews and protested the Nazi euthanasia programme.
While Bishop von Preysing was protected from Nazi retaliation by his position, his cathedral administrator and confidant Bernard Lichtenbergwas not. Bernard Lichtenberg served at St.
Hedwig's Cathedral fromand was under the watch of the Gestapo for his courageous support of prisoners and Jews. Among the German laity, Gertrud Lucknerwas among the first to sense the genocidal inclinations of the Hitler regime and to take national action. Using international contacts she secured safe passage abroad for many refugees. She organized aid circles for Jews, assisted many to escape. Following the outbreak of the war, she continued her work for the Jews through Caritas' war relief office - attempting to establish a national underground network through Caritas cells.
She was arrested in and only narrowly escaped death in the concentration camps. Margarete Sommer had been sacked from her welfare institute for refusing to teach the Nazi line on sterilization. Inshe took up a position at the Episcopal Diocesan Authority in Berlin, counselling victims of racial persecution for Caritas Emergency Relief. She gathered intelligence on the deportations of the Jews, and living conditions in concentration camps, as well as on SS firing squads, writing several reports on these topics fromincluding an August report which reached Rome under the title "Report on the Exodus of the Jews".
Josef Frings became Archbishop of Cologne in In his sermons, he repeatedly spoke in support of persecuted peoples and against state repression. In MarchFrings attacked arbitrary arrests, racial persecution and forced divorces.
That autumn, he protested to the Gestapo against the deportations of Jews from Cologne and surrounds. Frings wrote a pastoral letter cautioning his diocese not to violate the inherent rights of others to life, even those "not of our blood" and even during war, and preached in a sermon that "no one may take the property or life of an innocent person just because he is a member of a foreign race".
It denounced "Whomever exalts race, or the people, or the State Following the Anschluss and the extension of antisemitic laws in Germany, Jewish refugees sought sanctuary outside the Reich. Spiritually we are Semites. He was to employ diplomacy to aid the victims of the Holocaust, and directed his Church to provide discreet aid to Jews. Pius reiterated Church teaching on the "principle of equality" - with specific reference to Jews: "there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision".
Pius XII employed diplomacy to aid the victims of the Holocaust, and directed his Church to provide discreet aid to Jews. Here he is virtually accusing the German people of injustice towards the Jews and makes himself the mouthpiece of the Jewish war criminals.
In Italy, where the Pope's direct influence was strongest, under Mussolini, no policy of abduction of Jews had been implemented in Italy. Following the capitulation of Italy inNazi forces invaded and occupied much of the country, and began deportations of Jews to extermination camps.
Anti-Semitism had not been a founding principle of Italian Fascism, although Mussolini's regime moved closer to Hitler with time. On 27 JuneVatican Radio is reported to have broadcast a papal injunction: "He who makes a distinction between Jews and other men is being unfaithful to God and is in conflict with God's commands". By morning of October 16, a total of Jews had been given shelter in the Vatican and its enclaves, while another 4, had been given sanctuary in the many monasteries and convents of in Rome.
Only 1, of Rome's 6, Jews were seized that morning". Upon receiving news of the roundups on the morning of 16 October, the Pope immediately instructed Cardinal Secretary of State, Cardinal Maglione, to make a Dear Alexa - Jews And Catholics - Who Are?
We Think We Are! (CD to the German ambassador to the Vatican, Ernst von Weizsacker : "Maglione did so that morning, making it clear to the ambassador that the deportation of Jews was offensive to the Pope. In urging Weizsacker 'to try to save these innocent people,' Maglione added: 'It is sad for the Holy Father, sad beyond imagination, that here in Rome, under the very eyes of the Common Father, that so many people should suffer only because they belong to a specific race.
Pius assisted various noted rescuers. Inthe Irish Independent Newspaper credited him with having saved more than 6, people during the war. He hid Michael Tagliacozzo on Vatican property for in andwhen the Nazis were rounding up Italian Jews and was recognised by Yad Vashem in Pius XII allowed the national hierarchies of the Church to assess and respond to their local situation under Nazi rule, but himself established the Vatican Information Service to provide aid to, and information about, war refugees.
On papal instructions, Jews were hidden in Italian monasteries and convents, and Hungarian Jews given fake documents identifying them as Catholics. Pius protested the deportations of Slovakian Jews to the Bratislava government from Giuseppe Burziothe Apostolic Delegate to Bratislava, protested the anti-Semitic and totalitarianism of the Tiso regime. Pius made a direct intervention in Hungary to lobby for an end to Jewish deportations inand on July 4, the Hungarian leader, Admiral Horthytold Berlin's representative that deportations of Jews must cease, citing protests by the Vatican, the King of Sweden and the Red Cross for his decision.
The neutral powers led a major rescue effort and Pius' representative, Angelo Rotta took the lead in establishing an "international Ghetto", around which the Swiss, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish and Vatican legations affixed their emblems, providing shelter for some 25, Jews. Vatican neutrality through the war permitted the Holy See's network of diplomats to continue to operate throughout the occupied territories of the Nazi Empire, enabling the dissemination of intelligence back to Rome, and diplomatic interventions on behalf of the victims of the conflict.
With the Nazi Empire around its full extent in latethe Nazis sought to extend their roundups of Jews, and resistance began to spread. In Lyon, Cardinal Gerlier had defiantly refused to hand over Jewish children being sheltered in Catholic homes, and on 9 September, it was reported in London that Vichy French authorities had ordered the arrest of all Catholic priests sheltering Jews in the unoccupied zone.
Eight Jesuits were arrested for sheltering hundreds of children on Jesuit properties, and Pius XII's Secretary of State, Cardinal Maglione informed the Vichy Ambassador to the Vatican that "the conduct of the Vichy government towards Jews and foreign refugees was a gross infraction" of the Vichy government's own principles, and "irreconcilable with the religious feelings which Marshal Petain had so often invoked in his speeches".
Martin Gilbert wrote that when negotiations began for the deportation of Jews from the Italian zone, General Roatta flatly refused, leading Hitler's envoy, Siegfried Kascheto report some of Mussolini's subordinates "apparently been influenced" by opposition in the Vatican to German anti-Semitism.
Unlike Hitler, Pavelic was pro-Catholic, but their ideologies overlapped sufficiently for easy co-operation. While the Archbishop of Zagreb, Aloysius Stepinacwho in welcomed Croat independence, "subsequently condemned Croat atrocities against both Serbs and Jews, and saved a group of Jews in an old age home".
A number of Catholic Croat nationalists collaborated in the anti-Semitic policies of the regime. Pavelic told Nazi Foreign Minister Ribbentrop that, while the lower clergy supported the Ustase, the bishops, and particularly Stepinac, were opposed to the movement because of "Vatican international policy". Slovakia was a rump state formed by Hitler when Germany annexed the western half of Czechoslovakia.
Like the Nazis other main allies, Petain, Mussolini, and Horthy - Tiso did not share the racist hardline on Jews held by Hitler and radicals within his own government, but held a more traditional, conservative antisemitism. In FebruaryTiso agreed to begin deportations of Jews and Slovakia became the first Nazi ally to agree to deportations under the framework of the Final Solution. These interventions, wrote Evans, "caused Tiso, who after all was still a priest in holy orders, to have second thoughts about the programme".
Tiso hesitated and then refused to deport Slovakia's 24, remaining Jews. The Vatican condemned the renewal of the deportations on 5 May and the Slovakian episcopate issued a pastoral letter condemning totalitarianism and anti-Semitism on 8 May Mark Mazower wrote: "When the Vatican protested, the government responded with defiance: 'There is no foreign intervention which would stop us on the road to the liberation of Slovakia from Jewry', insisted President Tiso".
Pressure from the Germans, including a direct confrontation between Hitler and Tiso on 22 Aprilremained without effect. When in rumours of further deportations emerged, the Papal Nuncio in Istanbul, Msgr. The Vatican condemned the renewal of the deportations on 5 May and the Slovakian episcopate issued a pastoral letter condemning totalitarianism and antisemitism on 8 May German troops were sent to quell the rebellion and with them came security police charged with rounding up Slovakia's remaining Jews.
Bulgaria signed a pact with Hitler in and reluctantly joined the Axis powers. The King effectively thwarted Hitler's plans for the extermination of Bulgaria's Jews, and at war's end, Bulgaria had a larger Jewish population than it had had at the outset. InPius instructed his Bulgarian representative to take "all necessary steps" to support Bulgarian Jews facing deportation and his Turkish nuncio, Angelo Roncalli arranged for the transfer of thousands of children out of Bulgaria to Palestine.
While the country was never occupied by Nazi Germanythe regime of Marshall Ion Antonescu aligned itself with Hitler, and assisted the Nazi Holocaust.
Cassulo has been honoured as Righteous among the Nations by Yad Vashem. His appeal was ignored; hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews were transported to Transnistria. The Pope protested to the Romanian government and authorised for funds to be sent to the camps. It is not easy for us to find the right words to express the warmth and consolation we experienced because of the concern of the supreme Pontiff, who offered a large sum to relieve the sufferings of deported Jews — sufferings which had been pointed out to him by you after your visit to Transnistria.
The Jews of Romania will never forget these facts of historic importance. Following the Nazi occupation of Italy, when news of the 15 October round-up of Roman Jews reached the Pope, he instructed Cardinal Maglione to protest to the German Ambassador to "save these innocent people".
Hungary joined the Axis Powers in Its leader, Admiral Horthy later wavered in support for the Nazi alliance. The Nazis occupied Hungary in Marchsoon after Horthy, under significant pressure from the church and diplomatic community, had halted the deportations of Hungarian Jews. Elsewhere in the city, Catholic institutions hid several thousand more Jewish people.
According to Gilbert, "With Arrow Cross members killing Jews in the streets of Budapest, Angelo Rotta, the senior Vatican representative in Budapest, took a lead in establishing an "International Ghetto", consisting of several dozen modern apartment buildings to which large numbers of Jews - eventually 25, - were brought and to which the Swiss, Swedish, Portuguese, and Spanish legations, as well as the Vatican, affixed their emblems.
On 15 November, the Hungarian Government established the "Big Ghetto" for 69, while a further 30, with protective documents went to the International Ghetto. The Arrow Cross continued their orgy of violence, raiding the international Ghetto and murdering Jews, as Soviet forces approached the city. Rotta and Wallenberg were among the few diplomats to remain in Budapest.
Following the Soviet conquest of the city, Wallenberg was seized by the Russians and taken to Moscow, from where he was never released. Gilbert wrote that of the hundred and fifty thousand Jews who had been in Budapest when the Germans arrived in Marchalmostsurvived to liberation - 69, from the Big Ghetto, 25, in the International Ghetto and a further 25, hiding out in Christian homes and religious institutes across the city.
According to Paul O'Shea, "The Nazis demonised the Pope as the agent of international Jewry; the Americans and British were continually frustrated because he would not condemn Nazi aggression; and the Russians accused him of being an agent of Fascism and the Nazis.
The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out on the great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace. Hitler biographer John Toland, Album), while scathing of Pius' cautious public comments in relation to the mistreatment of Jews, concluded that nevertheless, "The Church, under the Pope's guidance, had already saved the lives of more Jews than all other churches, religious institutions and rescue Album) combined He reaffirmed previous accounts of Pius having been a saviour of thousands of Europe's Jews.
Dalin's book also argued that Cornwell and others were liberal Catholics and ex-Catholics who "exploit the tragedy of the Jewish people during the Holocaust to foster their own political agenda of forcing changes on the Catholic Church today" and that Pius XII was responsible for saving the lives of many thousands of Jews. Rychlak 's Hitler, the War and the Pope On July 11,the Dutch bishops, joined all Christian denominations in sending a letter to the Nazi General Friedrich Christiansen in protest against the treatment of Jews.
The letter was read in all Catholic Dear Alexa - Jews And Catholics - Who Are? We Think We Are! (CD against German opposition. It brought attention to mistreatment of Jews and asked all Christians to pray for them: . Ours is a time of great tribulations of which two are foremost: the sad destiny of the Jews and the plight of those deported for forced labor. We have learned with deep pain of the new dispositions which impose upon innocent Jewish men, women and children the deportation into foreign lands.
The protest angered the Nazi authorities and deportations of Jews only increased - including Catholic converts. The Archbishop of Utrecht and other Catholics refused to comply, and the Nazis commenced a round up of all ethnically Jewish Catholics.
Some 40, Jews were hidden by the Dutch church and 49 priests killed in the process. The French bishops were initially cautious in speaking out against mistreatment of Jews. Not everything is permitted against these men and women, against these fathers and mothers.
They are part of the human species. They are our brothers like so many others. A Christian should not forget this". Cardinal van Roeythe head of the Catholic Church in Belgium intervened with the authorities to rescue Jews, and encouraged various institutions to aid Jewish children.
One of his acts of rescue was to open a geriatric centre in which Jews were housed, at which kosher Jewish cooks would be required who could therefore be given special passes protecting them from deportation. When Schutzstaffel chief Heinrich Himmler visited Zagreb inindicating the impending roundup of remaining Jews, Stepinac wrote Pavelic that if this occurred, he would protest for "the Catholic Church is not afraid of any secular power, whatever it may be, when it has to protect basic human values".
When deportatation began, Stepinac and Marcone protested to Andrija Artukovic. Bishop Pavel Gojdic protested the persecution of Slovak Jews. Direct action by Catholic institutions saved hundreds of thousands of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.
During the Nazi Occupation of the Netherlandswhen Jewish deportations began, many were hidden in Catholic areas. Parish priests created networks for hiding Jews and close knit country parishes were able to hide Jews without being informed upon by neighbours, as occurred in the cities. He kept address info on hidden Jewish children in the vaults of his palace.
Also, the RC church protested regularly against the persecution of Jews in Holland. That sometimes led to persecution of converted Jews, such as sister Edith Stein.
In the province of Limburg, 88 priest were deported and killed - more than from the Dutch other provinces together. Relatively, the Dutch received the most recognitions per capita from Yad Vashem for saving Jews compared to all other occupied countries, namely some 5, on a total of 26, the Poles received more with 6, Dislike of Germans and Nazism was strong in Belgium, and self-help by Jews was well organised. Fr Joseph Andre of Namur found shelter for around children in convents, returning them to Jewish community leaders after the war.
Andre was very active in the rescue of Jews, handing over his own bed to Jewish refugees, and finding families to hide them, and distributing food as well as communications Album) families.
He is credit with saving some lives, and was forced into hiding in the final stages of the war. Jews were hidden in monasteries, schools and the homes of Catholics at Dom Bruno's request. He was declared Righteous Among the Nations by Israel in He was captured as a prisoner of war while serving as an army chaplain inand in was sent by the head of the Benedictines to a Home for the Blind, operating as a front for hiding Jews.
From small beginnings assisting families, assisted by Albert Van den Berg Dom Bruno's rescue efforts grew, dispersing hundreds. The Belgian Resistance viewed the defence of Jews as a central part of its activities. Among other institutions, the CDJ enlisted the help of monasteries and religious schools and hospitals.
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