New book details Hitler plot to kidnap pope, foiled by Nazi general
The book, "A Special Mission" by Dan Kurzman, refutes arguments that Pope Pius XII maintained a public silence about Nazi actions during World War II because he was anti-Semitic or because he was sympathetic toward Hitler.
"They were bitter, bitter enemies. They despised each other," said Kurzman of the pontiff and the fuhrer in a May 31 telephone interview with Catholic News Service. The pope hated Hitler "not only for his inhumanity but because he threatened the whole church structure."
Hitler, for his part, "saw the pope as his greatest enemy" and as someone with whom he was "competing for the minds and souls that he wanted to control," the author added.
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Randll Reese Besch - 6/7/2007
A few simple questions about this historical revision,towit;If Pious XII was "bitter enemies" with Hitler why didn't he have him and Mussolini excommunicated? Especially early on that could have cut their powerbase way down.Also,were there any sources outside of the Catholic church used by Kurzman? Hitler,like Stalin were known for their acute paranoia.But I do wonder what kept the Germans at bay from the Catholic horde of gold,precious jewels and artwork?
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