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Jewish historian praises Pius XII.

Rome--At the end of October, Zenit, an independent news service in Rome, interviewed Michael Tagliacozzo, responsible for one of the world's largest centres of documentation on the Holocaust. He was asked about Pope Pius XII's efforts to save Jews persecuted by the Nazis. Tagliacozzo's view of the Pope was very favourable:

"I know that many criticize Pope Pacelli. I have a folder on my table in Israel entitled 'Calumnies against Pius XII,' but my judgment cannot but be positive. Pope Pacelli was the only one who intervened to impede the deportation of Jews on October 16, 1943, and he did very much to hide and save thousands of us. It was no small matter that he ordered the opening up of cloistered convents. Without him, many of our own would not be alive."

Tagliacozzo blamed current Jewish spokesmen for their "foolish incomprehension" of the dangers Jews were in during the war. He pointed out that the protest by the Pope on the morning of October 16 resulted in an end to the manhunt; far fewer Jews were deported from Rome than the 8,000 Hitler requested. Tagliacozzo himself was hidden in the Lateran.
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Date:Jan 1, 2001
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