Under His Very Windows by Dr. Susan Zuccotti
The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy

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What did Pius XII do to aid Jews during World War II? This meticulously researched and balanced book examines efforts on behalf of Jews in Italy, the country where the pope was in a position to be most helpful. It finds that despite a persistent myth to the contrary, Pius XII and his assistants at the Vatican did very little.

About Dr. Susan Zuccotti

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Susan Zuccotti teaches modern European history at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the author of "The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival" (Nebraska 1996), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1987.
Published December 11, 2000 by Yale University Press. 420 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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Nor will she let the Pope off the hook on grounds that he was ignorant: in a chapter entitled “What the Pope Knew About the Holocaust,” Zuccotti claims that the Vatican knew “enough about the Jewish genocide to believe and understand that it was a disaster of immense, unprecedented proportions.” ...

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Moreover, she maintains that her primary source, the 11-volume Actes et documents du Saint Si ge relatifs la seconde guerre mondiale, a collection selectively put together after the war by the handpicked representatives of the Vatican, is ""more than adequate"" to determine what the Vatican ""a...

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Even after Zuccotti relates how the prelates claimed to be acting on instructions from the Vatican, she contradicts herself by her statement about the Italian bishops (p.

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