Vatican Learns that Jews on Eastern Front are Being Shot on Sight Wherever Found

Vatican Learns that Jews on Eastern Front are Being Shot on Sight Wherever Found

Giuseppe Burzio

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Slovak army chaplains inform Giuseppe Burzio (1901-9166), the Vatican's Charge d'Affaires in Slovakia, that Jews on the eastern front are being shot on sight wherever they are encountered. Burzio passes this information along to Vatican officials, and this is apparently the first news of genocide to reach the Vatican.

The Vatican does nothing, however, and Pope Pius XII issues no objections or condemnations. The fate of the Jews appears to be largely irrelevant as far as the Vatican is concerned.

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