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HOW A STRATEGY OF "SILENCE" SAVED THOUSANDS OF JEWS
When the early morning arrests began Oct. 16, 1943, Pius XII was alerted to this by Princess Enza Pignatelli Aragona Cortes. He immediately took multiple steps to force the Germans to stop the arrests. He summoned the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Maglione, and instructed him to launch a vehement protest against the arrests. Cardinal Maglione warned von Weizsacker that same morning, that the Pope could not remain silent as they arrested the Jews under his very windows, in his own diocese. Pius XII then sent his nephew, Carlo Pacelli, to meet with a German sympathizer, Bishop Alois Hudal, to instruct him to write a letter to his German contacts to immediately stop the arrests.
This too proved ineffective. Pius XII's last effort, the most successful, was to send his close confidant, Salvatorian Superior General Father Pankratius Pfeiffer, to meet directly with the military governor of Rome, General Stahel. Father Pfeiffer warned Stahel that the Pope was going to launch a loud and public protest against these arrests if they were not stopped. Fear that this public protest would result in Hitler's ordering the invasion of the Vatican prompted Stahel to act.
General Stahel immediately telephoned Heinrich Himmler, and fabricated military grounds to stop the arrests. Trusting Stahel's assessment, Himmler advised Hitler to stop the arrests. The order to stop the arrests was issued at noon on Oct. 16, resulting in its implementation by 2 p.m. on the day they began.
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Originally posted by FortAnthem
Pius XII learned of the impending attack and called a meeting of the cardinals. Pius XII informed the cardinals that the Vatican would be invaded and that he expected to be killed. He instructed the cardinals to flee to neutral countries at the first sign of an invasion of the Vatican. Pius XII signed a letter of resignation and placed it in his desk. The cardinals were instructed to form a government in exile and elect a new Pope once they were safe. Pius XII instructed the Swiss Guard to not resist the invading Nazis with firepower and to focus their efforts on protecting the Vatican Library and museum contents.
Originally posted by AdAstra
reply to post by FortAnthem
However, I think you'll find the self-styled liberal and democratic vox populi doesn't really like "conspiracies" (seeing this is the topic under which this is filed), especially in Church matters, unless they present the clergy in a bad light.