History vs. Apologetics

History vs. Apologetics : The Holocaust, the Third Reich, and the Catholic Church

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Set within the context of the political and ideological developments of the time, History vs. Apologetics examines the role played by the Catholic Church in the rise and consolidation of the Third Reich and in particular with regard to the Nazi persecution of the Jews. David Cymet's comprehensive critical analysis of the polemical literature on the topic makes it possible to separate legitimate history from apologetic allegations and misrepresentations, bringing to light key elements of Church policy intentionally misinterpreted by apologists. By surveying the Church's policy from prior to the rise of Nazism to the present, Cymet demonstrates how the Nazis were able to turn the Catholic Church into their ally in their war against the Jews.
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  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 43.18mm | 771.1g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739132946
  • 9780739132944
  • 1,834,192

About David Cymet

David Cymet earned his PhD at the University of Delaware and has taught at the National University of Mexico and the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico.
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This work is bound to be controversial and will be attacked by those forces within the Church that have lobbied to beatify Pope Pius XII and thus silence the debate over his role before, during, and after the Shoah. History vs. Apologetics is not easy reading, perhaps because it is essential reading. The case is detailed and specific. With voluminous research and detailed documentation, David Cymet has laid out the case against the Vatican, from initialing the Concordant in 1933 that granted Hitler and the new Nazi regime much needed legitimacy, to its actions during the Shoah which included a refusal to condemn the 'Final Solution.' Cymet also goes on to discuss the post-war efforts to provide an escape route for Nazi war criminals to Latin America, the refusal to return Jewish children to their people and their faith, and the special pleadings on behalf of the Nazis who were tried and convicted. The nature of the response to this important work will tell us much about how far we have come and how far we must go. -- Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University Cymet's book ... contains much more than just an analysis of the Church's role in that period. It is a complete history of the era, beginning with the years following World War I, the political turmoil that gave rise to the emergence of Nazi Germany, and how Hitler usurped the democratic process to enable himself to become dictator. It documents the plight of the Jews in all of the nations of Europe from the pre-World War II era until the liberation of the concentration camps. Each chapter is interlaced with the role the Catholic Church played in every European country affected by the Holocaust, as well as the Vatican's postwar efforts to create escape routes for Nazi war criminals to South America. Its bibliography consists of more than 100 historical works and documents on the Holocaust era, richly annotated with footnotes at the end of each chapter. While Dr. Cymet drew mainly on existing and available sources for his research, putting all the puzzle pieces together was his foremost challenge in rejecting, 'politically correct' and revisionist interpretations of that era. Mishpacha, September 2010 A thoughtful and fascinating analysis of the alliance of Nazi Germany and the Catholic church, making for an enthusiastically recommended read and addition to community and college religion and history collections. Midwest Book Review The author has produced a well-documented presentation of Christian anti-Semitism in the 20th century that facilitated the Shoah as well as the reform of anti-Jewish sentiment that took place after the death of Pope Pius XII. The book is divided into thirteen chapters that follow a chronological path of anti-Semitic statements by Catholic publications and bishops before the rise of the Third Reich, complicity in the policies of the Reich, and the compassion shown after the war toward perpetrators of Nazi crimes. The dilemma of Church authority between condemning Communism and remaining silent in the face of Nazi aggression, which was also anticommunist, is a common theme running through many of the chapters. The book concludes with a discussion of the acknowledgement by Pope John Paul II of the failure of Church authority during the Holocaust. This book is well suited for any library maintaining a collection including Holocaust studies. Journal Of Nietzsche Studies, February/March 2011 In the recent, impressively researched, History vs. Apologetics: The Holocaust, the Third Reich, and the Catholic Church, David Cymet observes that the Archbishop of Genoa, Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, with the help of Hudal and a Croatian priest named Krunoslav Stjepan Draganovic, aided in establishing the escape hatch in his own diocese. COMMENTARY
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Hitler's Background Chapter 3: Hitler in Power-1933 Chapter 4: German Rearmament Chapter 5: Hitler's Grossdeutschland Chapter 6: Catholic Europe "Defends" Itself from the Jews Chapter 7: World War II Chapter 8: The Einsatzgruppen Chapter 9: The Death Camps Chapter 10 The Final Solution in Europe Chapter 11 The Vatican Response to the Final Solution Chapter 12 Pius XII in the Post War Period (1945-1958)
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