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Pius XII. und die Geistlichen im KZ Dachau


Ferber, Rafael. Pius XII. und die Geistlichen im KZ Dachau. In: Schweizerische Kirchenzeitung, 10 February 2022, 18.

Abstract

The article publishes—for the first time—a letter written in December 1942 in the Sedelhof, Emmenbrücke, near Lucerne, concerning the incarcerated priests in the Dachau concentration camp. Its author is the German refugee Walter Ferber (1907-1996) and its recipient the Apostolic Nuncio in Switzerland, Filippo Bernardini (1884-1954). Bernardini forwards the letter to the Vatican Secretary of State, Luigi Maglione (1877-1944). Maglione’s reply to Bernardini shows that the Vatican knew about the crimes committed in concentration camps since at least December 1942, and explains the lack of public intervention by Pope Pius XII concerning the incarcerated priests in Dachau and, in part, the Nazi extermination policy in general. Despite this lack of public intervention, Pope Pius XII uses the term “the holocaust” (l'olocausto) already in his Christmas message of December 24, 1942.

Abstract

The article publishes—for the first time—a letter written in December 1942 in the Sedelhof, Emmenbrücke, near Lucerne, concerning the incarcerated priests in the Dachau concentration camp. Its author is the German refugee Walter Ferber (1907-1996) and its recipient the Apostolic Nuncio in Switzerland, Filippo Bernardini (1884-1954). Bernardini forwards the letter to the Vatican Secretary of State, Luigi Maglione (1877-1944). Maglione’s reply to Bernardini shows that the Vatican knew about the crimes committed in concentration camps since at least December 1942, and explains the lack of public intervention by Pope Pius XII concerning the incarcerated priests in Dachau and, in part, the Nazi extermination policy in general. Despite this lack of public intervention, Pope Pius XII uses the term “the holocaust” (l'olocausto) already in his Christmas message of December 24, 1942.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:10 February 2022
Deposited On:11 Feb 2022 14:05
Last Modified:11 Mar 2024 07:21
Publisher:Brunner Medien AG
Additional Information:Letter from Saul Friedländer, February 14, 2022, quoted with permission of the author: "Dear Professor Ferber, Many thanks for sending me your father's letter and your very interesting article. Of course we shall never be sure about the true motivation of Pius XII's silence regarding the Nazi extermination policy. What we suspect, however, is bad enough. With all good wishes, Saul Friedlander"
OA Status:Green
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: German
  • Language: German
  • Description: Bonusversion