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Newsgroups: soc.history,alt.religion.christian.roman-catholic,soc.culture.polish,soc.culture.irish,alt.revisionism Subject: Dr. Daniel J. Goldhagen Blames Vatican for Holocaust Lines: 80 Organization: Nuuz Servis MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-2" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000 Message-ID: Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 02:17:42 GMT NNTP-Posting-Host: 126.96.36.199 X-Complaints-To: email@example.com X-Trace: newsread1.prod.itd.earthlink.net 1011320262 188.8.131.52 (Thu, 17 Jan 2002 18:17:42 PST) NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 18:17:42 PST X-Received-Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 18:17:46 PST (newsmaster1.prod.itd.earthlink.net) Xref: hub.org soc.history:100881 alt.religion.christian.roman-catholic:621542 soc.culture.polish:350263 soc.culture.irish:553346 alt.revisionism:1339877 For fair, non-commercial Internet newsgroup use only. ___________________________________________ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_1762000/1762448.stm Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 20:28 GMT Author blames Vatican for Holocaust By the BBC's Mike Duff An article in the latest edition of the influential American magazine New Republic looks likely to reopen the controversy over the role played by the Vatican during World War II. The 27,000-word article - which hit newsstands in the United States this week - accuses the Roman Catholic Church of providing the intellectual stimulus for Nazism and the Holocaust. It is among the most savage attacks yet made on the record of alleged Catholic anti-Semitism. But the author of this huge article is no stranger to controversy. Daniel J Goldhagen's best-known book blamed ordinary Germans for the Holocaust. It was an award-winning bestseller, although some critics accused him of taking liberties with the truth. Dr Goldhagen - a professor of government and social studies at Harvard University - has now turned his fire on Christianity in general, and the Catholic Church in particular. Some of the allegations have been made before, notably that the Pope during the war, Pius XII, didn't do enough to protect the Jews, even though he must have known what was happening to them. But Dr Goldhagen does not stop there. B i b l e l e s s o n s He goes on to condemn Christianity, and Catholicism in particular, for intellectually preparing the ground for the Holocaust. His argument, in a nutshell, is that traditional Church teaching - blaming Jews for the death of Christ - sowed the seeds of the genocidal anti-Semitism of the 20th Century. On top of that, he says, the Church has refused to face up to its inescapable moral responsibility. For its part, the Vatican has always argued that its cautious, non-confrontational policy saved more people than if it had condemned Nazi excesses from the pulpit. Dr Goldhagen says such arguments are bizarre and nonsensical, topped only by those revisionist historians who try to argue that the Holocaust didn't happen. The current Pope had been keen to start the process that might one day have seen his predecessor made a saint. That had already been put on hold after earlier evidence of Pius XII's alleged anti-Semitism came to light. Amid the likely row over Dr Goldhagen's article, one thing is clear. It won't do anything to heal the deeply-felt hurt of Jews everywhere - or put Pius XII's canonisation back on track. END OF THE ARTICLE --------------------------------- More information about Dr. Goldhangen is available at http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/Goldhagen/index.html
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