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June 24, 2015 4:29 pm

Jewish Group Thanks Pope for Recognizing Great Powers’ Failure to Intervene During the Holocaust

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Pope Francis criticized the "great powers" of the world for their inaction during the Holocaust. Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

Pope Francis criticized the “great powers” of the world for their inaction during the Holocaust. Photo: Casa Rosada via Wikimedia Commons.

A leading Jewish group on Wednesday thanked Pope Francis for his recent criticism of the world’s “great powers” for failing to bomb the train routes that led victims of the Holocaust to their deaths during World War II.

“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to the concentration camps, like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals,” the Pope said over the weekend during a visit to Turin in northern Italy.

“Tell me, why didn’t they bomb [those railroad routes]?” he asked.

In response to the comments, Farley Weiss, president of The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), commended the Pope for acknowledging “the devastating and deadly consequences” of the overall silence of the international community as Jews and other victims of Nazi prejudice were being transported to concentration camps. He said the Pope’s comments serve as a reminder of how important it is to speak up and take action “when hate and bigotry rear their ugly heads,” especially at a time when global antisemitism is on the rise.

The NCYI also called on Pope Francis to permanently end the beatification of Pope Pius XII who is known for his inaction during World War II. The former Pope remained silent about the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust, despite repeated requests for him to speak out and intervene.

Among those who asked Pope Pius XII to help Jews at the time was Rabbi Isaac Herzog, the first chief rabbi of Israel, Harold Tittman, assistant chief of the U.S. delegation to the Vatican and Myron Taylor, U.S. representative to the Vatican. 

“The most important time to call for the destruction of the railroad lines that carried Jews to their death was during the Holocaust, yet the silence of Pope Pius XII at that time was absolutely deafening,” Weiss said. “Not only did many world leaders fail to take steps to stop the massacring of Jews at the hands of the Nazis, but Pope Pious XII failed humanity as well by remaining quiet and opting not to stand up to the carnage of the Holocaust.”


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  • matt

    Considering,Israel won’t accept refugees, i believe the pope is wrong too. I don’t want any refugees, I don’t want my government paying relegious groups sponsoring refugees. The social experiment is over, we cannot give our sovereignty to strangers, not all cultures or countries are the same. We are only a civil as our population. Stop mass immigration its cultural suicide.

  • Tom Wood

    John Paul II’s inaction on child abuse in the clergy should get him struck off the list!

    Have to say I agree wht Franco, there is a number of things that the catholic church has questions to answer on!!!

  • Karl

    NCSY – making sip-sip to the Pope in the Vatican.

    what a bunch of beta-schlubniks NCSY is!

  • Franco

    What moral authority does the Catholic Church has to criticize others, when they have done exactly the same by looking the other way? At least the “great powers” were fighting the nazis.

  • This revolutionary Pope distinguishes himself from other religious leaders by expressing his opinion with respect to every cause issues, the weather and climate change and now the Jews! He appeals to a basic human instinctin mankind; reverence and spouts his liberation theology on his 700 million RC followers.
    Perhaps a few more calls to world leaders by him requesting aid for the beleagered Christians and Yezidi in the Arab world,as well as Druse,Kurds and other dispensable minorities would serve his RC followers better.
    The world did not care about Jews then and certainly does not care about Jews more now.
    Any Obama loving Rabbi or other religious leader who does so acts as a tool of a new world order willing to separate religion from the people.”Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”.-K.Marx.

    The subjects of Caesar should give to Caesar and pay more attention to the spiritual side of life and forget about this religious tool of the new world order.

  • Julian Clovelley

    The Pacelli family – of which Pius XII was a member did much to shape the nature of Catholicism in the nineteenth and twentieth century. It is this legalistic and authoritarian structure the pope needs to remove

    It is totally unacceptable to manufacture a saint out of these components – indeed I think it is time the Pope called all beatifications to an end including that of John Paul II