Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop Meets Pope Pius XII in Vatican Hot

Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop Meets Pope Pius XII in Vatican

Reich Minister for Foreign Affairs Joachim von Ribbentrop
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop meets with Pope Pius XII in the Vatican. It's a tense meeting, to say the least, because Pope Pius XII is critical of how Germans have been treating Poles.

On the other hand, the pope also avoids criticizing the Nazi government too directly, like saying anything about Nazi Germany invading other nations. There are also no direct complaints about Nazi treatment of the Jews, either in Germany or in occupied territories.

For his part, Joachim von Ribbentrop tells Pope Pius XII that Adolf Hitler wants to expand the cooperation between the Catholic Church and National Socialism. Hitler has even gone so far as to quash "no less than seven thousand indictments of Catholic clergy" for various crimes.

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