The Vatican is most likely reluctant to open the archives out of a desire to protect the image of the Catholic Church, which is understandable but misguided. The appearance of secrecy does nothing to help their image. At least if they give historians access to the WWII documents we can learn the truth and potentially undermine some of the most outrageous conspiracy theories.
I haven’t read the book yet, but it sounds like a great read and all of the Amazon reviews except one gave it 5 stars. It’s on my reading list along with Rosenberg’s actual diary.
Read the brief article on the book here: Tracking an Elusive Diary From Hitler’s Inner Circle – The New York Times
“The Republican presidential candidate’s statements about weapons and Germany trivialize history.” Read Steinweis’s incisive critique here: Ben Carson Is Wrong on Guns and the Holocaust – The New York Times
This is a little known story about Denmark’s brave role in saving Jews. The story is quite remarkable and inspirational. If only more people had shown the same moral fortitude that the Danes did, many more Jews could have been saved.
There were many brave individuals who risked their own lives to save Jews in all European nations, but as Yoav J. Tenembaum points out “there was a singular nation that, as a collective endeavor, saved most of its Jews: Denmark.” However, credit should also be given to the Italians, who protected their Jews despite the fact they were allies with the Nazis. It was only after they were occupied by the Germans that Italian Jews were sent to the camps. They also protected non-Italian Jews in the areas of the Balkans that were under their control.
It’s unfortunate that these acts of heroism are little known. I think we could learn a lot from these acts of bravery.