- May 23, 2020
A top Polish historian has questioned claims by German researchers that newly opened Vatican archives contain information damning the role played by Pope Pius XII during World War II.
One expert has said that when it comes to Pope Pius XII and the controversy surrounding his actions during the Second World War, his actions are far less appealing to historical scholars than the reasons why he chose to do what he did.
More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust.
When the Vatican archives opens its doors to researchers in two weeks’ time, it could help clear up controversy related to the legacy Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized for his actions during the Second World War.
After decades of anticipation, the Vatican archives are ready to welcome, starting March 2, scores of scholars wishing to study documents related to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII.
One great unanswerable question regarding the Catholic Church and the Holocaust is whether Jewish lives would have been saved had Pope Pius XI or his successor, Pope Pius XII, issued a statement urging the protection of Jews in Axis-held Europe.