The Pope, Eichmann and the Nazi ‘Ratlines’

By Julian Kossoff

Germany is fighting to keep sealed the Adolf Eichmann files detailing the years the Holocaust chief logistical organiser spent on the run before he was captured by Mossad agents.

Those hoping to have a 50-year secrecy order overturned believe the government is embarrassed by details within that may prove German and Vatican officials colluded in his escape and freedom.

Indeed, the Church’s practise of protecting its own perpetrators of vicious crimes has already been well established with the tragic revelations of thousands of victims of child sex abuse by cleric paedophiles.

For the current papacy under the German pope,  Benedict XVI, the 4,500 page Eichmann dossier could be the ’smoking gun’ that would shoot down his plans to canonize Pope Pius XII (1939-58), aka ‘Hitler’s Pope.’

The role of Pope Pius XII during World War II, his relationship with Nazism and his efforts (or lack of them) to save Jews from the gas chambers are hotly disputed. Even within the Jewish community there are strong opinions on both sides of the debate.

But the latest Eichmann revelations suggest that Pope Pius XII’s moral stature – and qualification for sainthood – should be judged on its conduct in the aftermath of Nazism’s defeat. Once the evil of the Holocaust was revealed for all to see, the Holy See should have been at the forefront of the campaign to bring the war criminals to trial.

In fact, history’s most savage mass murderers – Adolf Eichmann, Dr Josef Mengele, better known as Auschwitz’s ‘Angel of Death’, and Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp – escaped justice down the ‘ratline’ that ran straight through the Vatican state in Rome.

Senior members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy – marinaded in virulent Judeophobia and obsessed by Bolshevism – organised the escape of thousands of the most debauched, cruel monsters to a peaceful, prosperous retirement in Catholic South America.

The question that’s salient today, as Pope Pius XII heads for canonization,  is how much did he know of this most shameful episode in the 20th century history of the Vatican?

If he truly is a saint, his supporters must surely have nothing to fear from the publication of the contents of the Eichmann dossier.

8 responses to “The Pope, Eichmann and the Nazi ‘Ratlines’

  1. For Pope Pius to be nominated for sainthood, is right up there with Barry Soetoro getting the NPP.

    This is what fascists do, they laud awards on themselves that by any reason of sanity should otherwise be a noose around their necks.

    If there was such a thing as justice, the entire Vatican would be leveled, and the accumulated wealth of the Catholic church would be distributed to the poor of this world.

  2. Hopefully this will trigger further disclosure. Eichmann was not the only one the Vatican helped escape Justice. The notorious Vatican Ratlines also gave shelter and the means and logistics to escape to:

    – Franz Stangl, the commander successively of two extermination camps, Sobibór and Treblinka, where more than a million Jews were murdered;
    – Kurt Christmann, the commander of Sonderkommando 10a, which slaughtered tens of thousands of Jews in the Soviet Union;
    – Walter Rauff, in charge of developing the gas vans used in the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews before the gas chambers were used;
    – Klaus Barbie, the cruel Gestapo “Butcher of Lyon” who was responsible for the torture and death of countless people;
    – Gustav Wagner, commanding officer of Sobibór, where over two hundred thousand Jews were murdered;
    – Alois Brunner, a brutal official in the Jewish deportation program in France and Slovakia, responsible for deporting hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths;
    – Ante Pavelić, the head of the mass-murdering Croatian Ustasha regime, responsible for hundreds of thousands of gruesome murders or Orthodox Serbs and Jews;
    And perhaps most infamous of all, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death,” Dr. Josef Mengele, responsible for unspeakable medical experiments and deciding who was to live and who to die in Auschwitz.

    These were just some of the most notorious ones. There were many, many more Nazis as well as Croatian Ustasha with lots of blood on their hands that found safehaven outside of Europe thanks to the Vatican Ratlines.

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  5. On your picture, this is not Pius XII.

    • hmm, I just checked again and this does seem to be Eugenio Pacelli. He might not have been pope at the time of this picture, tho.

      he might’ve removed his glasses given Hitler’s disdain for handicaps…

  6. That is not Eugenio Pacelli/Pope Pius XII for sure. That is Cesare Orsenigo, the Apostolic Nuncio to Germany.


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