Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My focus on reading Europe this year and finishing my checklist sent me
looking for a specific read for Vatican City, and what could be better
than a deep look into (many) archives to examine what the Catholic
church and Pope Pius XII were really up to regarding Hitler. The author
clearly did a lot of research - his list of citations is 100 pages - and
the perspective is very much in defense of what appeared outwardly to
be not enough of a response. I know even more Vatican archives have been
opened to the public since this book came out, so it would be
interesting to know how many of those details align.
interested in reading the historical views of the Church on espionage
and tyrannicide, to learn more about how it functions inside wider
communities of diplomacy, and why it can be useful to separate the
Vatican from the Pope.
This also will fit the Western Europe
focus for this month's #Readtheworld21 - not just the location of
Vatican City geographically but the countries over which it has
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