A judgment on Pope Pius XII’s attitude during and after World War II should not be limited to his silence on the genocide of the Jews.

The Vatican has started the work to make Pope Pius XII a Catholic Saint.
The Vatican has started the work to make Pope Pius XII a Catholic Saint.

This is the words of Robert S. Wistrich, interviewed by Manfred Gerstenfeld

Reassessing Pope Pius XII’s attitudes toward the Holocaust, there was more to his legacy. The pope remained largely neutral about the German atrocities against the Polish people.

«Nor did he condemn the genocidal Catholic Croatian fascist state and its leader Ante Pavelic. This state massacred 350,000 non-Catholics, including 30,000 Croatian Jews», explains Wistrich. There is compelling evidence that the Vatican was instrumental in permitting Pavelic to escape from Italy to Argentina in 1947.

Professor Robert Wistrich has headed the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University since 2002

Source: Institute for Global Jewish Affairs.