Cross Too Heavy Paperback

Eugenio Pacelli, Politics, and the Jews of Europe, 1917-1943

by Paul O'Shea;

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The papacy of Pius XII (1939-1958) has been a source of near-constant criticism and debate since his death half a century ago. Powerful myths have been created about him, and central to them is the dispute surrounding his alleged silence during the years of the Holocaust. By examining the little-studied pre-papal life of Eugenio Pacelli, much can be found to help understand his policies, actions, and statements during the war. Drawing carefully and comprehensively on the historical record, Paul O'Shea convincingly demonstrates that Pius was neither an anti-Semitic villain nor a "lamb without stain." Ultimately, Pius's unfortunate categorization of the Jews as "lesser victims" points to the moral crisis within many parts of the fractured Christian Commonwealth as well as the personal culpability of Pacelli, the man and pope.

Cross Too Heavy by Paul O'Shea was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2011. The ISBN for Cross Too Heavy is 9780230110809.

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Details for Cross Too Heavy

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (April 2011)
Number of Pages288
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3967012
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