Sometimes collections or groups of writers can be the exception. I am one of the founders, for instance, of the Catholic Writers' Guild, and (until recently) I was a paid member of an online group called #BooksGoSocial. Part of what ruined my relationship with the group was the copied tweet below.
Waiting for Francis to atone for evil Vatican support 4 Hitler? Read https://t.co/nbsA8l2V1w pic.twitter.com/vpxlV9vTat— From BooksGoSocial (@YourNewBooks) September 22, 2016
As a family of fairly new Catholics, we've heard all of this before, you see; it's not new, and it's quite insulting--especially when used as nothing more as a technique to hawk wares online. There's been much written about this topic, but below is a particularly powerful passage from the opening chapter of The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pious II and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany by Rabbi David G. Dalin.
...Indeed , in 1951, the eminent British writer (and liberal Catholic) Graham Greene could praise him as "a pope many of us believe will rank among the greatest," an assessment shared by many other Catholics and Jews who hailed the pope for his many efforts to save Jewish lives during World War II.
For your reading interest, here is one of this book's powerful reviews.
This is a stunning book. I wish I had known more of this material years ago. -- Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Other great works on this divisive period of history include The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis by Gordon Thomas and Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling. A movie entitled A Hand of Piece, Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust has also been suggested as an excellent resource, and I look forward to watching it soon.
I would also draw your attention to Catholic saints such as Maximilian Kolbe: people who died trying to save others from the horrors of the Nazi death camps. Saint Kolbe was certainly not alone in his fight; there are more than a hundred Catholic martyrs from this period. (Of course, this doesn't even touch upon other religious persons outside of the Catholic Church--e.g. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. That material is for another day's post, however.)
I am sick and tired of people hurling around their unsubstantiated bias and bigotry towards the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII worked tirelessly in a multitude of ways--from public to private--to save as many of the Jews (and others) as possible. After all, if Christianity is seen as a fulfillment of Judaism, then the Jews are closely connected to our spiritual lives and journey home. More importantly, however, they are human beings created in the image of God.