Hitler’s Mufti, Not Hitler’s Pope

I’ve been meaning to post this piece for two days, but kept forgetting, then Amy Welborn, who seems to be much better at keeping up with things than I, posted excerpts of this interview and Eureka! I remembered! You’ll want to head over to Amy’s site to read the interview with Rabbi David Dalin, the author of this book, The Myth of Hitler’s Pope.

In the Frontpage piece, Rabbi Dalin writes:

Many readers of the New York Times no doubt believe that Pope Pius XII was “Hitler’s Pope,” because John Cornwell’s bestselling book told them that, and it’s been reaffirmed by Garry Wills, Daniel Goldhagen, and other Left-leaning writers since. It’s been said so often in fact that most well-read liberals know it for a certainty. The only trouble is: it isn’t true.

Not only does it contradict the words of Holocaust survivors, the founders of Israel, and the contemporary record of the New York Times, but even John Cornwell, the originator of the phrase “Hitler’s Pope,” has recanted it saying that he was wrong to have ascribed evil motives to Pius and now found it “impossible to judge” the wartime pope.

But there’s something else that has been ignored nearly all together. Precisely at the moment when Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in Rome (and throughout Europe) was saving thousands of Jewish lives, Hitler had a cleric broadcasting from Berlin who called for the extermination of the Jews.

He was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the viciously anti-Semitic Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who resided in Berlin as a welcome guest and ally of the Nazis throughout the years of the Holocaust,

As I point out in my book, The Myth of Hitler’s Pope, the outrageous calumny directed against Pope Pius XII has not only besmirched the reputation of a man who did more than any other religious leader to save Jewish lives, it has deflected attention from the horrible truth of Hajj Amin al-Husseini—who continues to be a revered figure in the Muslim world.

Sounds pretty interesting.

You will, no doubt, be unsurprised to learn that I have put The Myth of Hitler’s Pope at the top of my Bookshelf (scroll down the sidebar), so if you think you’d like to order it, please consider doing so through The Anchoress Bookshelf. Remember, everything purchased through Amazon generates a small kickback to me, every dime of which is then donated to the hospice which took such good care of my brother in his last days. I was very happy, just a week ago, to add a few bucks to the quarterly earnings sent to me by Amazon and write a check for $200.00 to that hospice, and believe me, I bless all of you for the “found” money that goes to that good facility.

And btw, the third book down on the Bookshelf is Michael Gruber’s Valley of Bones. I am not a fiction fan, and I’ll give you a fuller review when I’ve finished it, but I picked it up via Julie’s recommendation, and so far…it’s pretty good, if you like murder mysteries with mystical twists! :-)

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  • bestdiva

    I’m glad you posted this, Anchoress. The good rabbi is coming to our parish in SF soon. There are flyers everywhere. I grew up instructed by my father that Pius XII was a good pope and that the message about him was being slanted/twisted.
    I wonder how his book will sell compared to how the fallacious Hitler’s Pope sold.
    On the Atta post…good, I’m glad your mind works like that. So many of us get laughed out of even contributing to conversations here in Libville if we for a moment let on that we might be thinking conspiratorially (hope that is spelled right).
    Frances in SF

  • TheAnchoress

    Well, Diva, if you want to help book sales along, you can always order it thru my bookshelf (see sidebar) and the money goes to charity! :-)

  • http://futuremd.blogspot.com/ Victoria

    Talking of John Cornwell, I just took out a book on the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani, who died all too soon, though God sent us an extremely able successor (“God works in mysterious ways…”).
    As soon as I read it, I’ll post more, but Anchoress, I have to frank with you: I usually read books via my public library, first-and-foremost, since I’m cheap, albeit a voracious reader…about 10 books per week, easily.
    But should I like a book which you have listed on your Amazon-hospice donating fund, you can be sure I’ll click on it to buy from there.
    As you can see, many others do too.