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When Hitler Wanted to Kidnap Pius XII

Last edited 10th January 2016

In Rome, in 1944, shortly before the war ended, SS General Otto Wolff met secretly with Pope Pius XII to reveal that Hitler planned to kidnap him.

Fr Peter Gumpel: "Hitler did not want Otto Wolff to talk to anyone because he knew there were other high-ranking Nazis against the plan. They feared that a global response would be unleashed which would negate any potential benefits from kidnapping the Pope."

This is one of the stories told in the new documentary by Italian public broadcaster, RAI. It features new images of the Pope who reigned during the Second World War and explains Pope Pius XII' strategy in preventing the deportation of thousands of Jews.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-AxZncPAZk


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