"Holy Silence" Documents Vatican's Role in the Holocaust #holocaust #announcements


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

The documentary, “Holy Silence” provides some answers as whether the Catholic Church could have done more to save Jews during the Holocaust. The documentary reveals actions and inactions leading up to and during World War ll.  The film is being shown free of charge from August 15-22 sponsored by the Jewish Film Institute and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You need to register -see below for the link.

 

Producer-director Steven Pressman working on another film heard about the Vatican and the Holocaust from some who work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Mr. Pressman focused a lot of his research on American figures who tried to influence the Vatican’s response to Nazi policies toward Jews as Hitler role to power. He also interviewed historians on American figures who tried to influence the Vatican’s response to Nazi policies toward Jews as Hitler rose to power.

 

The documentary not only addresses the silence of Pius Xll (pope from 2 March 1939 to 1958) but also discusses his predecessor, Pius XI, who was on the verge  of issuing a papal encyclical that would have denounced Hitler and antisemitism.  There were others in the Catholic Church who were willing to stand up to Hitler.  Pressman told the Jewish Journal, “Pius XII, for his part, insisted that silence was the better path and that speaking out would have endangered even more Jewish lives. I think that has proven to be a very difficult argument to sustain, whether we’re talking about the world as it existed 80 years ago or so many of the social injustice issues that exist today.”


To register to watch the film go to: https://boxoffice.jfi.org/websales/pages/info.aspx

 

To read more see: https://jewishjournal.com/culture/arts/320367/holy-silence-documents-the-vaticans-role-in-the-holocaust/

 

There is also a Zoom panel discussion on August 20 at 5:30 PM PST co-hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

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