Church of Spies

Church of Spies

The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler

Book - 2015
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The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him "Hitler's Pope." But a key part of the story has remained untold.

Pius ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler--while secretly plotting to kill him.

Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler's homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler's bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing.

The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a U.S.-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius' secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the "fiery words" he wanted.

Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented book that will change perceptions of how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9780465022298
0465022294
9780465061556
Characteristics: viii, 375 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: 282.09044 RIE

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johnbacich
Aug 16, 2017

Liberals love to decry those in the Catholic church who collaborated with the Nazis and try deny the brave fight by those in the church against them. Read this and get a truthful and unbiased look at a courageous story.

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quinn_chuck
Dec 06, 2016

Great read! Fascinating view of a mis-interpreted history. This should rid Pius XII of the name "Hitler's Pope" and give some credibility to his name during this period. Author keeps us involved in the story and an exciting read.

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john_king
Mar 28, 2016

This is a truly amazing book. Recommended for all, and especially welcome as a non-sectarian historical appraisal of Pius XII. He has been maligned for too long as "Hitler's Pope," and this book (by an atheist) deftly deflates that lie.

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SEBoiko
Mar 05, 2016

..., Christ had always taken the side of the oppressed.

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SEBoiko
Mar 05, 2016

We need watchdogs to chase away the wolves that pray on the flocks of the Lord.

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SEBoiko
Mar 05, 2016

..., Pacelli the cardinal had helped create the crisis now confronted by Pacelli the pope.

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