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Yad Vashem Honors Italian Cardinal Who Rescued Jews
Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/28/12

Posted on 11/28/2012 7:29:27 AM PST by marshmallow

Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:12 am (CNA).- Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as “Righteous Among the Nations” for his help in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution.

Yad Vashem said on Nov. 26 that the cardinal “played a central role in the organization and operation of a widespread rescue network.”

The Nazis began to deport Jews after the German occupation of Italy in September 1943. A major rescue effort in Florence was begun by the city’s Jewish leader Rabbi Nathan Cassuto and Jewish resistance fighter Raffaele Cantoni. The operation soon became a joint Jewish-Christian effort, with the cardinal offering guidance.

Cardinal Dalla Costa recruited rescuers among the clergy and supplied letters asking monasteries and convents to shelter Jews. He sheltered Jewish refugees in his own palace for short periods before they could be taken to safety.

Yad Vashem said the cardinal was part of a network that helped save hundreds of local Jews and Jewish refugees from areas previously under Italian control.

Survivor Lya Quitt testified that she received help from the cardinal after she fled to Florence from France in September 1943. She was brought to the cardinal’s palace and spent the night with other Jews sheltered there before rescuers took them to different convents in the city.

The cardinal died in 1961 at the age of 89. The cardinal’s medal will be kept at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem.

Yad Vashem has honored over 24,000 people with the medal in recognition of their “extraordinary courage to uphold human values.” Other Catholic honorees include Latvian priest Fr. Kasimir Vilnis, who was honored in 2008.

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1 posted on 11/28/2012 7:29:31 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Controversy over the actions of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust has often focused on Pope Pius XII. Some critics contend the wartime Pope did not do enough to speak out against the persecution of Jews.

The Pope’s defenders point to his numerous actions behind the scenes that helped save persecuted Jews.

Until earlier this year, the Yad Vashem memorial’s exhibit on Pope Pius XII mainly echoed his critics, saying the Pope “did not protest” the murder of Jews.

Good to know.

2 posted on 11/28/2012 8:17:47 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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SOME ISSUES OF THE NEW YORK TIMES
DEALING WITH THE ACTIONS OF POPE PIUS XII ON BEHALF
OF JEWS AND OTHER VICTIMS OF THE NAZIS

SEPTEMBER OF 1939:
Following the outbreak of the war at the start of the month, the
newspaper has articles and editorials this month dealing with the
disclosures by the Vatican of Nazi atrocities against Jews and non-Jews in
Poland.

JANUARY 23, 1940:
“Vatican Denounces Atrocities in Poland”
“Jews and Poles are being herded into separate ghettos,
heremetically sealed and pitifully inadequate for the economic subsistence
of the millions destined to live there.”

JANUARY 24, 1940:
“Vatican Amplifies Atrocity Reports / Weight of Papacy Put Behind
Exposure of Nazi Excesses in Poland.”
“Poland’s Agony” (editorial on same day):
“Now the Vatican has spoken, with authority that cannot be
questioned, and has confirmed the worst intimations of terror which have
come out of the Polish darkness.”

JANUARY 29, 1940:
“Memorandum Presented to Pope”
“Mass Shootings in Poland Laid to Nazis by Cardinal”

MARCH 14, 1940:
Action by Pope in meeting Nazi Foreign Minister:
“Jews’ Rights Defended”

DECEMBER 25, 1941:
Editorial speaks of Pope:
“a lonely voice”

AUGUST 27, 1942:
In article, “Vichy Seizes Jews; Pope Pius Ignored,” it is stated:
“These arrests are continuing despite appeals to Marshal Henri Philippe
Petain . . . by leading Catholic clergymen, with the support of the
Pope.”

DECEMBER 25, 1942:
Editorial speaks of Pope:
“a lonely voice”

DECEMBER 4, 1943:
Speaking of Vatican:
“Denounces Decision to Intern and Strip All Jews in Italy”
___________________________________________________

“When fearful martyrdom came to our people, the voice of the pope was
raised for its victims.”
(Golda Meir, Foreign Minister of Israel, on the death of Pope Pius XII, in
October 1958.)


3 posted on 11/28/2012 9:47:56 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr
One of the tactics of the Leftists is to denigrate our heroes and leaders.

Now, it is Mother Teresa and up and coming Republicans leaders.

Write a book, spread some unprovable gossip, send Rahm Emmanuel in to close up the deal.

4 posted on 11/28/2012 10:56:11 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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Precisely. Founding fathers, religious leaders, conservative political leaders.. anyone good must be tarnished and brought down. It is pernicious.


5 posted on 11/28/2012 11:00:14 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: marshmallow; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Catholic News Agency articles do not need to be excerpted.

The exhibit still criticizes “a lack of clear guidance” and instances of silence from the Vatican during the Nazi era.

Catholic ping!

6 posted on 11/28/2012 2:12:18 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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7 posted on 11/29/2012 5:50:32 AM PST by SJackson (none of this suggests there are hostile feelings for the US in Egypt, Victoria Nuland, State Dept)
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9 posted on 11/29/2012 5:51:57 AM PST by SJackson (none of this suggests there are hostile feelings for the US in Egypt, Victoria Nuland, State Dept)
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To: marshmallow
The exhibit still criticizes “a lack of clear guidance” and instances of silence from the Vatican during the Nazi era.

Lack of clear guidance? What exactly does that mean? The Pope was one of very few national leaders who was speaking out forcefully against the Nazis. The only reason some priests didn't do so within their parishes was because they didn't want to bring down the Nazis against their congregations in German held areas. But there were some priests who did help hide Jews in their own areas, with the help of people from their parishes. There were convents and monasteries in countries occupied by the Germans that hid Jewish children, until their parents could come back and get them. Some parents died, but some did make it back.

My husband's major professor in college was born in Poland, but when things started looking bad, his mother took him to a local convent and asked them to keep him until things settled down, and they could come back. It was much easier to get out, if they didn't bring him along, and they knew he'd be safe. Since they got away before the Germans shut things down completely, they survived, and returned for him, after the war, eventually moving to Israel.

The fact that there were ANY Jews left in Europe was due, in large part, to the actions of Christians all over the Continent.

10 posted on 12/02/2012 2:02:43 PM PST by SuziQ
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