Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue by Susan Zuccotti
How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust

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Should Pere Marie-Benoit’s cause for canonization...be promoted? This book gives good reason for further investigation into this possibility.
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Susan Zuccotti narrates the life and work of Père Marie-Benoît, a courageous French Capuchin priest who risked everything to hide Jews in France and Italy during the Holocaust. Who was this extraordinary priest and how did he become adept at hiding Jews, providing them with false papers, and helping them to elude their persecutors? From monasteries first in Marseille and later in Rome, Père Marie-Benoît worked with Jewish co-conspirators to build remarkably effective Jewish-Christian rescue networks. Acting independently without Vatican support but with help from some priests, nuns, and local citizens, he and his friends persisted in their clandestine work until the Allies liberated Rome. After the conflict, Père Marie-Benoît maintained his wartime Jewish friendships and devoted the rest of his life to Jewish Christian reconciliation. Papal officials viewed both activities unfavorably until after the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), 1962-1965.

To tell this remarkable tale, in addition to her research in French and Italian archives, Zuccotti personally interviewed Père Marie-Benoît, his family, Jewish rescuers with whom he worked, and survivors who owed their lives to his network.

 

About Susan Zuccotti

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Susan Zuccotti is author of The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival; The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews; Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy; and Holocaust Odysseys: The Jews of Saint-Martin-Vésubie and Their Flight through France and Italy. She has taught Holocaust history at Barnard College in New York and Trinity College in Hartford.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Indiana University Press. 296 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Melanie Kirkpatrick on Aug 08 2013

Ms. Zuccotti has written several books about the Holocaust and wartime Italy and France. Her scholarship provides depth and context to the story of Père Marie-Benoît and the perilous landscape in which he operated.

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Reviewed by Michael Orsi on Sep 17 2013

Should Pere Marie-Benoit’s cause for canonization...be promoted? This book gives good reason for further investigation into this possibility.

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