Reputations: Pope Pius XII
Religion, Morality, and Ethics
This excellent video presents the largely bystander role of the Vatican and the Catholic Church during the period of World War II in which Nazi policy toward Europe's Jews escalated from persecution to mass murder and genocide. Special focus is given to the circumstances of the Jews in Italy and Hungary. The BBC production aims not to be a polemic by giving voice to both those who believe that Pope Pius XII did everything he reasonably could to forestall the Holocaust to those who believe he failed to act as "the Vicar of Christ." For college-age audiences and above.