Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling

By Mark Riebling

Pope Pius XII could be the main detested pope in smooth heritage, vilified for allegedly appeasing Hitler and betraying the Jewish humans by means of closing silent through the Holocaust. yet this traditional narrative isn't the complete story.

In Church of Spies, the intelligence professional Mark Riebling attracts on a wealth of lately exposed files to argue that, faraway from being Hitler’s lackey, Pius used to be an energetic anti-Nazi spymaster. He directed an enormous community of Vatican operatives—priests and laypeople alike—who partnered with the German resistance, tipped the Allies off to Hitler’s invasions of France and Russia, and concerned themselves in 3 separate plots to assassinate Hitler.

A fast moving and gripping story of secrecy, chance, and self-sacrifice, Church of Spies takes readers from hidden crypts underneath the Vatican to Nazi bunkers in Germany to chart the real legacy of Pius’s mystery battle. even supposing those revelations don't excuse Pius’s public silence through the battle, they supply us with a deeper knowing of the fellow reviled by means of such a lot of.

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