Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius the XII
Perseus Books Group
On Sale: May 30, 2007
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The shocking and incredible story behind Hitler's plan to
occupy the Vatican and kidnap Pope Pius XII--and the
surprising result of its failure.
In September, 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of
Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome and ordered SS
General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler's chief
aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap (and, perhaps, kill)
Pope Pius XII. At the same time plans were being made to
deport Rome's Jews to Auschwitz, Wolff began playing a
dangerous game: stalling Hitler's plot against the pope,
whom he hoped would save him from the noose in case Germany
lost the war. To save Pius, Wolff and fellow conspirators
blackmailed him into silence when the Jews were rounded up,
hoping that Hitler would rescind his order.
This tale of intrigue and betrayal is one of the most
important untold stories of World War II. Dan Kurzman was
the first journalist to have interviewed General Wolff
following his release from prison after the war. And this is
the only book to tell the full behind-the-scenes story of
the plot against the Vatican and its far-reaching consequences.
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