A German historian, Dr. Michael Hesemann, claims the world has mistaken efforts made by Pope Pius XII during World War II and, rather than being a collaborator with Hitler, he worked to save the lives of Jews. According to Hesemann, then Cardinal Pacelli, wrote to archbishops around the world and urged them to arrange for visas for “non-Aryan Catholics” and Jews who had converted to Christianity. This supposedly led to the rescue of over 200,000 Jews who fled Germany. Elliot Hershberg of Pave the way foundation, argues, “we believe that many Jews who were successful in leaving Europe did not have any idea that their visas and travel documents were obtained through these Vatican efforts.” Until this story is further documented we reserve judgment on the behavior of Pope Pius XII whose silence was deafening during World War II. He did not even save the lives of Catholic priests who were held in concentration camps.
We await further research. If Pope Pius XII performed these heroic acts then he is due many apologies.