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1946 Document on Jewish Children Tells a Different Story
Zenit ^ | January 12, 2005

Posted on 01/12/2005 5:35:52 PM PST by It's me

1946 Document on Jewish Children Tells a Different Story Undercuts Tale That Vatican Tried to Keep Them From Their Families

ROME, JAN. 12, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The latest in a series of accusations about Pope Pius XII's behavior vis-à-vis the Jews and Nazi persecution seems to have little basis in fact.

The latest round began Dec. 28 when an Italian newspaper published passages of an alleged 1946 Vatican document that supposedly aimed to keep baptized Jewish children from being returned to their families.

The text, as stated in Il Corriere della Sera by Alberto Melloni, director of the G. Dossetti Library of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Sciences of Bologna, was "a disposition of the Holy Office," as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was formerly known. The document was said to be dated Oct. 20, 1946.

But after careful research, ZENIT discovered that the document, in fact, was not of the Holy Office and did not bear evidence of the reported date. Nor did it state what the article in Il Corriere said it did.

The document, whose original is in French, was written under the oversight of the then apostolic nuncio in Paris, Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII.

It was meant to explain to the French clergy the instructions he had received from the Holy See, specifically, from the secretary of the Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, Monsignor Domenico Tardini.

In his newspaper article, Alberto Melloni did not quote the archive from which the document came.

In fact, the document, in full, was published last Tuesday after being tracked down by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli of the Milan newspaper Il Giornale.

Tornielli revealed that the original is kept in the Centre National des Archives de l'Église de France, archive of the secretariat of the French episcopate, position "7 CE 131."

ZENIT obtained by fax a copy of the original and verified that the text has the seal of the apostolic nunciature of France -- as opposed to what Il Corriere della Sera published, which attributed it to the Holy Office.

ZENIT also verified that the document is dated Oct. 23, 1946, three days later than that mentioned by Il Corriere, and that the terms of the Vatican proposal are very different from what the Italian newspaper had reported.

The original document contradicts Melloni's version. It states, in fact, that the children should be returned to their original Jewish families.

Regarding "Jewish institutions," which during those months were working in Paris and throughout Europe to transfer children to Palestine, the document states that each case must be examined individually.

ZENIT learned that the history of the document began in March 1946, when Isaac Herzog, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem, addressed a letter to Pope Pius XII in which the former wrote: "The Jewish people very much remember with profound gratitude the help given by the Holy See to the people that suffered during the Nazi persecution."

Profound thanks are given for the "thousands of children who were hidden in Catholic institutions," and the rabbi requests that these children be returned to the Jewish people.

Herzog emphasized how Pius XII "has worked to banish anti-Semitism in many countries" and concluded with an invocation: "God willing, may history remember that when everything was dark for our people, His Holiness lit a light of hope for them."

Pius XII took to heart the fate of these Jewish children and, in that same month of March, asked the Holy Office to study the case.

The Holy Office, after hearing from several consultors, prepared a document in response to the Pope's request.

In August 1946, some French bishops and, specifically, Coadjutor Archbishop Emile Guerry of Cambrai and Cardinal Pierre Gerlier of Lyon, asked nuncio Roncalli for pointers as to how to resolve the situation of Jewish children saved from Nazi persecution.

Angelo Roncalli gathered all this material and, at the end of September, sent a letter to the Vatican Secretariat of State requesting instructions.

Roncalli was answered by Monsignor Tardini, secretary of the Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, not in the way quoted by the article in Il Corriere, but rather in the way mentioned above.

Journalist Andrea Tornielli told ZENIT that the Church in France resolved the problem in the vast majority of cases by returning the children, whose lives it saved, to their surviving families.

During the war, priests and religious received orders from the Holy See and bishops not to baptize these children. Baptism requires the consent of the person receiving the sacrament or of the parents, if the recipient does not have the use of reason. This is revealed in documents quoted by www.vaticanfiles.net. ZE05011220


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: holocaust; jewishchildren; misinformation; popepiusxii; vatican; vaticanchildren
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This is to set the story straight.

Anyone care to take back the anti-Catholic, anti-Pope, anit-Vatican remarks they made concerning this topic a few weeks back?

How long before the anti-Catholic people come out? Bet's anyone?

1 posted on 01/12/2005 5:35:52 PM PST by It's me
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To: It's me
Isaac Herzog, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem, addressed a letter to Pope Pius XII in which the former wrote: "The Jewish people very much remember with profound gratitude the help given by the Holy See to the people that suffered during the Nazi persecution."
2 posted on 01/12/2005 5:37:06 PM PST by It's me
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To: It's me
How about another quote:

Herzog emphasized how Pius XII "has worked to banish anti-Semitism in many countries" and concluded with an invocation: "God willing, may history remember that when everything was dark for our people, His Holiness lit a light of hope for them."

3 posted on 01/12/2005 5:38:33 PM PST by It's me
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To: Salvation; NYer

For your information.


4 posted on 01/12/2005 5:45:01 PM PST by It's me
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To: It's me
Jews should have fought back in World War 2. MOST didn't do anything at all to help their cause! I think many Jews do hold responsibility for not fighting back in WW2.

I support Israel now, but a lot of Jews won't do a damn thing to do anything to help themselves. Look at the majority of Jews in this Country, the U.S.A. This will be taken as antisemitic, which I am not. But many Jews have shown they won't fight for anything. Israel is the last hope of normal conservative Jews.
5 posted on 01/12/2005 5:47:25 PM PST by ThermoNuclearWarrior (PRESSURE BUSH TO CLOSE THE BORDERS!!!)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior

"Fighting back" is a bit tricky if, after escaping from the Nazis, you can only look forward to being lynched by the local peasants.


6 posted on 01/12/2005 5:52:27 PM PST by ambrose
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To: It's me
Who is Zenit? Knowing the source and their agenda (if any) is useful in evaluating any article they publish.
7 posted on 01/12/2005 5:52:47 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior
How could they fight back! Hitler Banned the guns! And you should never ever hold the victim responsible! That's like saying a rape victim holds responsibility because she shouldn't have been out that rime of night.

I don't think your anti Semitic, just VERY misguided.
8 posted on 01/12/2005 5:54:46 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior


Hindsight is 20/20.


9 posted on 01/12/2005 5:55:22 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior

Hitler's first action was to enact gun laws against undesirables. Jews weren't allowed to own guns. If you're talking about liberal jewish people, I'll agree. They're a spineless lot.


10 posted on 01/12/2005 5:56:29 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior
I think many Jews do hold responsibility for not fighting back in WW2.

Would you say the same thing about the slaves during slave-times?
11 posted on 01/12/2005 5:57:27 PM PST by BikerNYC
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To: It's me
But after careful research, ZENIT discovered that the document, in fact, was not of the Holy Office and did not bear evidence of the reported date.

A Kinko's in Texas?

12 posted on 01/12/2005 5:58:18 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior

What about the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto? There were also Jewish partisan guerrila fighters, from what I've read. Not many, but some.

If no one has fire arms, self defense is all theoretical, anyway.


13 posted on 01/12/2005 6:00:23 PM PST by little jeremiah (The "Gay Agenda" exists only in the minds of little jeremiah and his cohort. - Modern Man)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
I think that Jews could have fought back much fiercer than they did. How do 6 million Jewish people be killed without a significant fight? They made a stand in Poland after ever Jew there knew they were dead, but that wasn't enough.

I think Jews could have done more and I think the majority of the people in Israel agree. How can over 6 million people be killed without a significant organization or offensive fight be made?

Jews made big mistakes at that time and so have almost all other people and nations of the world.
14 posted on 01/12/2005 6:07:53 PM PST by ThermoNuclearWarrior (PRESSURE BUSH TO CLOSE THE BORDERS!!!)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior


3 million


15 posted on 01/12/2005 6:09:23 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior

What about the millions of others killed in the camps? They were in the same situation as Jews, without support and without arms.


16 posted on 01/12/2005 6:10:29 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior


I'm sorry, but saying the Jews hold some responsibility for their mass extermination because they didn't fight back hard enough is an absurdity.


17 posted on 01/12/2005 6:11:45 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: little jeremiah
The Jewish people had the most ineffective opposition to any military action during World War 2 than any other ethnic groups in history. Stop acting like it didn't happen.

The uprising in Poland could have happened in many other places if there had been enough Jewish people to step up. Which there wasn't.

The fact is that most Jewish people didn't do a damn thing to help win WW2! Jews did less than any other group, with their numbers, than has any group I can think of recently.

Even the Israelis don't do enough. Maybe it's our governments fault but the the world must start doing what we should. ..
18 posted on 01/12/2005 6:19:47 PM PST by ThermoNuclearWarrior (PRESSURE BUSH TO CLOSE THE BORDERS!!!)
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To: Dog Gone

You seem to want to deny the truth to this article? Why?

Re-read the article. It seems that they did alot more "sleuthing" to uncover the truth than the Italian news did.


19 posted on 01/12/2005 6:22:59 PM PST by It's me
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior

People didn't think they were being shipped off to death camps.
They thought they were getting hot showers instead of gas chambers.
Saying that the jews made a "big mistake" by being massacred by their own country is such a ridiculous statement it doesn't even deserve a response.


20 posted on 01/12/2005 6:23:27 PM PST by bananarepublican23
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