Tag Archives: World War II

My favourite saint: St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Pic of the day: A view from Colditz Castle by British prisoner of war Major William Anderson

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More evidence against the anti-Pope Pius XII slurs of the New Atheists and others

A Nazi cartoon mocking Cardinal Pacelli (soon after to become Pope Pius XII) for supporting Jews.

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Devout Roman Catholic and Tour de France winner Gino Bartali quietly used fame to save Jews in Fascist Italy

Tour de France winner Gino Bartali quietly used fame to save Jews in Fascist Italy In the worst years of the Second World War, it was not uncommon to see the great Gino Bartali cycling the roads between Florence and … Continue reading

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Gary Krupp, the Jewish researcher who’s winning the battle to clear Pope Pius XII’s name

Researcher: We’re Winning in Effort to Clear Pius XII’s Name, ‘Every Time We Do More Research, We Find a Diamond’ After six years of untiring research that has uncovered 76,000 pages of original material, plus multiple eyewitness accounts and testimonies … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Theologian Karl Barth as you’ve (probably) never seen him before

Karl Barth in the Swiss armed auxiliary, April 1940

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“As far as our father was concerned, Hitler was the Antichrist,” writes Pope Benedict’s brother Georg Ratzinger

Pope Benedict’s brother tells how family made it through WWII Germany As early as 1938, we were registered by the seminary with the Hitler Youth (HY).  That was the law, there were no exemptions.  Consequently, all the minor seminarians became students … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XII praised by former Jewish internees for preventing their deportations to death camps

Pope Pius XII praised for preventing Jewish deportations to death camps Pope Pius XII, falsely accused by anti-Catholic bigots of being too compliant towards Hitler and failing to speak up against the Holocaust, was praised by former Jewish prisoners for preventing their deportation … Continue reading

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The fascinating biography of World War Two Great Escape leader Roger Bushell

Love, betrayal and courage: Private letters reveal the story behind the mastermind of The Great Escape Roger Bushell In a later letter to Bushell’s father Wing Commander Herbert Massey wrote: ‘His name will ever last in my memory as one … Continue reading

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Did Pope Pius XII go undercover to save Jews during World War II?

Researcher thinks Pius XII went undercover to save Jews The Jewish New Yorker who has made it his life’s work to clear the name of Pope Pius XII of being anti-Semitic believes the wartime pontiff actually went undercover to save … Continue reading

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Heil hockey! The moment a German team performed the Nazi salute as they faced English school boys in 1939

Click on the image to enlarge it. Heil hockey!  The moment a German team performed the Nazi salute as they faced English school boys in 1939.  How many of these young men ended up trying to kill each other? In six months’ … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: John Mennie’s drawing of prisoners in a Japanese PoW camp singing Christmas carols

Drawing by PoW John Mennie of Allied prisoners in a Japanese PoW camp singing Christmas carols to keep their spirits up.  Click on the image to enlarge it. From a recently discovered archive of drawings.  Artist soldier John Mennie trained at the … Continue reading

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British Revs. Hugh Grimes and Fred Collard saved some 1,800 Viennese Jews from Holocaust

Nazi persecution of Jews: 1,800 saved by the Church of England Schindlers It’s a little-known act of bravery – how two British clerics rescued 1,800 Jews from the Nazis by baptising them. First there was Oskar Schindler, then Sir Nicholas Winton.  … Continue reading

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Everything you ever wanted to know about U-boats but were afraid to ask . . .

. . . can be found here: U-Boat.net Check it out.  It includes extensive bibliographies and book reviews.

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More empirical evidence that the New Atheist slurs against Pope Pius XII are unfounded and wrong

Newly discovered documents show that Pope Pius XII’s direct action saved the lives of more than 11,400 Jews in Rome, reports Zenit.

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Book Review: ‘Black Camelot’ by Duncan Kyle

‘Black Camelot’ by Duncan Kyle, Collins, 1978 This is generally praised as one of British thriller-writer Duncan Kyle’s best books but, I must admit, I found it disappointing.  It begins very brightly but before long the main protagonist, a German officer … Continue reading

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Did Hitler commission Nazi flying saucers? Of course not but it’s a great story!

[This is almost certainly rubbish but, for me at least, it makes an irresistible story!] Hitler’s secret flying saucer: Did the Führer plan to attack London and New York in UFOs? It is claimed that Hitler’s scientists designed a UFO-style aircraft – and … Continue reading

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