“For my part, I will devote my entire strength to cultivating and strengthening the relations between the Holy See and Germany.”—Eugenio Pacelli (1876-1958).
I took a back seat in the preparations of this discussion, all I did was cut and paste, so any praise should go to John Cornwall, a Catholic scholar of Jesus Collage, Cambridge. A Fellow Commoner Emeritus, Director of the Science and Human Dimension Project, Chair of the Jesus College Media Society. Subjects: Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion. The academic scholar Cornwall, who wrote his most important work against his Church and Pope. He was accused by fellow Catholics of being a heterodox or a dissident of his faith. Far from it, Cornwall was plying his trade as a reporter of historical facts.
John Cornwall (1999), Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII.
In 1917, Eugenio Pacelli, later to become Pope Pius XII (1939-58), resided in a nunciature in Munich, directly opposite to what was later to become the Brown House, the cradle of Nazism. There he showed his first inkling of his unsympathetic feelings toward the Jews when he refused to come to the assistance of Jews and called them a “Jewish cult.”[Cornwell, p.70]. In a typewritten letter, he described “a gang of young women, of dubious appearance, Jews as like all the rest of them, hanging around in the offices with a lecherous demeanour and suggestive smiles.” [Cornwell, p.75] In the 1920s, Pacelli presented his credentials to the Weimar government where he stated, “For my part, I will devote my entire strength to cultivating and strengthening the relations between the Holy See and Germany.” Pacelli’s stay in Germany with his familiarity with their political, religious, and racist views must have influenced his later work to unify Catholicism with Germany.
In Italy, the Holy See signed a pact (drafted by Pacelli’s brother and Pietro Gasparri) with Mussolini in February 1929, known as the Lateran Treaty. Hitler had taken note of the Lateran Treaty and hoped for an identical agreement for his future regime. [Cornwell, pp.114-115] The Vatican encouraged priests to support the Fascists, and the Pope spoke of Mussolini as “a man sent by Providence.” The Church has a history of pacts with criminal states as the Holy See signed treaties with monarchs and governments regardless of slavery, inhumanity, or torture they may have induced upon fellow human beings. Even Mussolini’s attack on Ethiopia on October 3, 1935 was not condemned by the Holy See. Nor did Pius XI (1922-39) restrain the Italian hierarchy from war enthusiasm. “O Duce!,” declared the bishop of Terracina, “today Italy is Fascist and the hearts of all Italians beat together with yours.” [Cornwell, p.175]
In the 1930s, Pacelli and his associates negotiated with the Nazis to form a contract which got signed in 1933 as the Reich Concordat with the approval of the Pope. Note that the Catholic hierarchy believes in the infallibility of Popes in matters of faith and morals (ever since the First Vatican Council of 1870). This Concordat with its Papal infallible authority had arguably neutralized the potential of 23 million Catholics to protest and resist, and which helped Hitler into legal dictatorship. [Cornwell, p. 4] After the agreement, Hitler, mimicking Pacelli fourteen years earlier, stated, “I will devote my entire strength to cultivating and strengthening the relations between the Holy See and Germany.” [Cornwell, p. 136] (Hitler, spent more time and effort on the concordat with Pacelli than on any other treaty in the entire era of the Third Reich [Cornwell, p. 150]). This Concordat gave Germany an opportunity to create an area of trust with the Church and gave significance to the developing struggle against international Jewry. According to John Cornwell, this papal endorsement of Nazism helped seal the fate of Europe, which makes it plausible that these Catholic prejudices bolstered aspects of Nazi anti-Semitism. [Cornwell, p. 28]
Eleanor Roosevelt, quoting on the Roman Catholic War Time Atrocities and Genocide. “Nazi Germany is no more,” replied Mrs. Roosevelt. “The Catholic Church is still here with us. More powerful than ever. With her own Press and the World Press at her bidding. Anything published about the atrocities in the future will not be believed.” —Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945.
Other independent sources on Croatian Catholic Atrocities against Orthodox Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies.
Eleanor Roosevelt knew of the Vatican’s involvement in genocide in the Balkans during World War II. FDR likewise expressed horror at the atrocities taking place in Yugoslavia perpetrated by the fascist clerical state of Croatia (NDH), most notably against the Orthodox Christian Serbian people, but also against the Roma and the Jews. And yet nothing was done to stop the murder of hundreds of thousands of Serbs in the Balkans. The massive, grisly slaughter continued unabated.
Ironically, it was the Serbian people who defied Nazi Germany, revolted against the signing of the Tripartite Pact by the Serbian Regent; eventually holding up no less than 30 German tank divisions as a part of the guerilla Partisan fighters led by Tito. All the rest, the Bosnian Muslims, the Roman Catholic Croats, the Muslim Albanians-became allies of Nazi Germany. Aggressively incited by Roman Catholic and Muslim clergy, they enthusiastically aided the genocidal effort to round up and slaughter Jews, Serbs, and Roma: The Catholic Croats were responsible for some of the worst, most horrifying atrocities of the Holocaust. Muslim Bosnians and Albanians each established Nazi SS divisions.
Germany, though, would have its revenge when the United States–the Clinton White House–would help it win the war it had lost in the Balkans; destroying the Partisan nation of Yugoslavia that had successfully thwarted its imperialist ambitions in Eastern Europe. It was a crucial part of a much larger campaign that continues today.
When did the US government learn of the massacres and systematic genocide in the NDH? The US knew of the mass murders and genocide in the NDH in 1941. The Yugoslav ambassador to the US, Konstantin Fotich, met with FDR on December 20, 1941 and informed him of the massacres in the *NDH. Fotich had sent a memorandum to FDR on December 5 which described the massacres with a request that he be allowed to present further documentation and support. According to Fotich, on August 19, 1941, the chief of the Balkans desk of the US State Department had given him a report on the NDH’s “comprehensive policy of extermination of the Serbian race in the Independent State of Croatia”. FDR was “deeply shocked by the atrocities perpetrated against the Serbs”. He expressed to Fotich “his great sympathy” for the Serbs. FDR “spoke with admiration of the resistance”. He told him after the war, “the Serbs will rise again as a great people.”
*(Croatian: Nezavisna Država Hrvatska (NDH))
“God, who directs the destiny of nations and controls the hearts of Kings, has given us Ante Pavelic and moved the leader of a friendly and allied people, Adolf Hitler, to use his victorious troops to disperse our oppressors… Glory be to God, our gratitude to Adolf Hitler and loyalty to our Poglavnik, Ante Pavelic.”—Archbishop Stepinac of Zagreb.
By the end of the war, an estimated 30,000 Jews, 29,000 Romani, and between 300,000 and 600,000 Serbs had been slaughtered by the Ustaše.
https://allthatsinteresting.com/ustase However, the Serb Orthodox murdered victims by the Ustaše is far higher in other records, 750,000, 800,000 to over a million. http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/backin.htm see quote #7 indescribably bestial, 770,000 Serbs, 40,000 Gypsies, and 20,000 Jews were slaughtered in the Jasenovac camp alone.
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Approved ~ Primus Pilus
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