The Assassination Duet
The Wolff Pack : Part I

An Exchange with Gary Krupp

Mr. Gary Krupp of the Pave the Way Foundation has responded to my previous post The Assassination Duet. His comment may be viewed here.

So that our exchange will not be buried in the comments section, here is my response to Mr. Krupp.

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Thank you for your comment, Mr. Krupp.

As one of Pope Pius XII's chief apologists, you are well aware that controversy over his conduct during World War Two is delaying the canonisation process.

It is disingenuous of you to suggest that your continuing stream of positive "revelations" about Pope Pius XII's wartime role do not contribute in very large measure to the cause for his canonisation.

Father Peter Gumpel S.J., the investigative judge of the cause for canonisation of Pope Pius XII, is reported to have said that persons such as yourself and your network of associates do contribute to the cause.

"...all the necessary documents for the beatification of Pope Pius XII had been gathered by the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes by 2004. Subsequent evaluations by historians, theologians and a panel of cardinals and bishops, he said, had resulted in the "enthusiastically positive" recommendation to proceed with the advancement of the beatification process." [The Catholic News Service]

You are advancing the cause for canonisation of Pope Pius XII regardless of your publicly stated aim of having this Pope declared as "Righteous among the Nations ."

If Pius XII were to be declared by Yad Vashem as "Righteous as among the Nations" then it would clear the way for beatification, as you well know.

You challenged me to provide instances of misleading headlines on your website. Here is one such instance:

"Pius XII ordered the return of all Jewish children protected by Catholics after the war to any family members who could be found. An international controversy erroneously claimed that he ordered baptized children to be kept by their Catholic protectors. This PDF shows the original Vatican directive of September 28, 1946  and the mistranslated French document dated October 23, 1946, which caused the controversy."

Before we look at the document to which this headline points, it is necessary to provide a little background for our readers.

According to David Dalin,* Dr. Isaac Herzog, the chief Rabbi of Palestine, met with Pius XII on a Sunday early in March 1946 to seek the Pope's help in returning to the Jewish fold those Jewish children then being raise in monasteries and by Christian families. The Pope promised Herzog he would look into the situation and the Chief Rabbi "expressed his profound thanks," both for the Pope's promise and for the heroic work done by Pius and the Catholic Church to rescue and shelter Jews during the war.

The headline quoted above points to an English translation of a PDF document entitled Jewish Children. The "original Vatican directive"  to which Pope Pius XII gave his approval on 28 March 1946 reads as follows:

"The Eminent Fathers decided that if possible, there should be no response to the request of the Grand Rabbi; in any event, if its necessary to say something, it should be done orally, given the danger of abuse and distortion of anything written from the Holy See on the subject.

"Eventually, it will be necessary to explain that the Church must do its own research and observations in order to discern case by case, it being evident that children who were baptized cannot be entrusted to institutions that can't guarantee their Christian education.

"Besides, also those children who were not baptized and who no longer have living relatives, having been entrusted to the Church, which has taken them under its care, as long as they are not able to decide for themselves, they cannot be abandoned by the Church or delivered to parties who have no right to them.

"Things would be different if the children were requested by their relatives.

"The decision of the Eminent Fathers and the criteria here presented were referred to the Holy Father in an audience of March 28, and His Holiness deigned to provide his august approval."

Much controversy has erupted over the difference between the "original Vatican directive" and the so-called "mistranslated French document." All parties to the controversy have seemed oblivious to the "elephant in the room" - the very first words of the "original."

Instead of providing evidence that "Pius XII ordered the return of all Jewish children protected by Catholics after the war to any family members who could be found" the "original Vatican directive" actually admonishes that, if possible, no information about Jewish children should be provided to the Chief Rabbi.

This directive in fact displays astonishing arrogance, pragmatism rather than morality, a profound contempt for the sufferings of the Jewish people, and demonstrates just how untrustworthy and hollow were Pius' public promises and assurances to Chief Rabbi Herzog.

Regardless of what may, or may not, have happened later to those Jewish children in question, Vatican intent at the time was to conceal, prevaricate, and equivocate.

I have no doubt that many of the Jewish statements of praise for Pope Pius XII that you feature on your website were based on similarly dishonest promises and assurances - truly a triumph of hope over experience.

Readers may download Jewish Children from the Pave The Way Foundation Pius XII Documents page and decide for themselves whether the headline is an accurate reflection of the document's content.

Mr. Krupp, your constant attempts to demonstrate that Pope Pius XII was against Hitler and Nazism are simply red herrings which serve to conceal the Pope's real concern which was to bolster and advocate a strong Christian Germany as the only possible bulwark against godless Bolshevism. Hitler and Nazism were merely incidental elements which could be embraced or rejected at will.

As I promised my readers in The Assassination Duet, in the next post we will see if another Pave the Way Foundation document is deserving of the credibility it has been afforded - the affidavit of SS General Karl Wolff regarding Hitler's plot to kidnap the Pope.

* David G. Dalin, The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany, Regnery Publishing, 2005, page 113.

Comments

Gary Krupp

Dear MS. Holliday,
Thanks you for your most eloquent comments. Since I am neither an historian nor a scholar I must unfortunately rely on documented facts and eye witness interviews to form my opinions. As an historical revisionist you are of course free to fabricate any scenario you wish to prove your point. I must caution you that some of your readers might actually examine all of evidence available and not rely on your articulate commentary to form their opinion.

Pave the Way has now moved on to other projects of extreme importance. We are currently in the process of turning this documentation over to Yad Vashem and other legitimate scholars.

Unfortunately, since we only devote time to accomplish concrete action rather than simply sitting at a computer and writing, I cannot debate this entire issue with you, or with any of your historical co-revisionists. I do, however, encourage you, and your readers, to simply download the book of documents on our website. This PDF is over 71 MB and will take some time to download. Once you have had the opportunity to read all 255 pages we can then put you in touch with legitimate historians and experts to respond to your questions unfortunately there is nothing I can do about your unrelated character attacks.

FYI, Michael Hesemann was given the job as the science editor of his university magazine in his first year of school and was asked to publish stories about the Russian cosmonaut space sightings. His book was a best seller in Germany and was then asked to write others. One book debunked the Roswell theories. As a young student Michael followed the money in this area just like Hochhuth, John Cornwell, Zuccotti, Goldhagen and the others.

The book can be downloaded at:

http://www.pavethewayfoundation.org/Downloads/Pope%20Pius_documents.pdf

If you examined all our projects, which we have successfully completed, you will note that they all are attempting to improve relations between the faiths by either identifying obstacles and moving to resolve them or by initiating historical gestures to “pave the way” to return gestures. Unfortunately when your mission is to create controversy and discord you will naturally oppose what we do.

We are now working very hard on bringing the religious leaders of the Holy Land to come together to condemn the use of religion to justify violence. I think you will see that my time is better spent on this work, which may actually impact your life and the lives of your family. So I am sorry to say that I will not debate this with you we simply do not have time to waste by “talking the talk” but we must concentrate our efforts on “walking the walk.”

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