“How the Vatican Can Shed Light on the Holocaust” – The New York Times

“The Vatican has refused to open all of its World War II archives. Pope Francis’ visit to Auschwitz on Friday is the perfect moment to change policy.”

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.

Source: How the Vatican Can Shed Light on the Holocaust – The New York Times

“Beyond Anne Frank: The Dutch Tell Their Full Holocaust Story” – The New York Times

“A memorial wall and a new Holocaust museum reflect a push in the Netherlands to give a more complete understanding of what happened under Nazi occupation.”

Source: Beyond Anne Frank: The Dutch Tell Their Full Holocaust Story – The New York Times

“Tracking an Elusive Diary From Hitler’s Inner Circle” – The New York Times

“A new book, The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich, reveals how two men uncovered a Nazi artifact.”

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 Devil's Diary Wittman and Kinney

“Only One Occupied Country in Europe Rose to the Defense of Jews During World War II” | History News Network

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.

Read the story here: History News Network | Only One Occupied Country in Europe Rose to the Defense of Jews During World War II..

Jewish refugees rescued by Denmark

“Jewish Soldiers Battled Nazi Germany” | History News Network

Alan Singer  reminds us that we need to remember the times when the Jews rose up to defend themselves. The most well-known case is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. But Singer thinks we need to also remember the 500,000 Russian Jewish soldiers who fought in WWII against the Nazis. Read the entire article here:

History News Network | Jewish Soldiers Battled Nazi Germany.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising