The Truth About Pius & The Nazi Ratlines

Posted: January 12, 2011 in World War 2
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POPE PIUS XII

For the past few years, Catholic revisionists have been busily pumping out historically inaccurate articles denying any Church role in the Holocaust whatsoever. These seemingly sober, knowledgable “scholars” often emphasize anecdotal evidence that individual Catholics, including Pope Pius XII, aided Jewish victims of the Hitler regime, & downplay Vatican ties to mass murder, or “conspiracy theories.” The following story was published in two Catholic publications. While attempting to distance Pius from the genocide, it at least acknowledges that prominent Catholics did collaborate with the Nazis, & makes a valid point: Officers of the CIA were the ultimate postwar Nazi collaborators, & they went to great lengths to protect Nazi recruits from exposure.

The author makes no mention of Naumovic v. SNB C-00-3636 BZ – a lawsuit filed on behalf of Russian & Yugoslavian Holocaust victims who exposed the trail of gold looted by the Waffen SS & laundered by the Reichsbank, Swiss Banks, Bank for International Settlements & the Vatican Bank during WWII – etc., & claims there is “no evidence” of collusion between Pius, Vatican officials & the Nazis. For a direct & documented refutation, see Blowback, by Christopher Simpson, Vladimer Dedijer’s The Yugoslav Auschwitz & The Vatican, & numerous others. Furthermore, of the ratlines actually ran through the Vatican itself, & escaping Nazis were disguised as priests to faciliate their relocation to South America, the United States & elsewhere around the globe.

The Catholic priests who [helped] the Nazis, did so in a big way. They turned more than a blind eye to the criminal pasts of those they helped, & it is fair to say that without the assistance of such priests, the Nazis could never have fled Europe in such vast numbers.

The two most vital priestly cogs in the system of machinery that enabled the Nazis to escape through Austria & Italy were the Croatian Roman Catholic priest Krunoslav Draganovic & the Austrian Bishop Alois Hudal. A keen supporter of Pavelic & his barbaric Ustashi, Draganovic served as a chaplain at Jasenovac concentration camps, where thousands were slaughtered in the most bestial fashion. Draganovic also played a key role in the “Bureau of Colonisation” which forced Serbs to convert to Catholicism, as well as stealing their property & giving it to Croatians. In the words of one US intelligence officer, Draganovic thought that “the ideas espoused by this arch-nationalist organisation – half-logical, half-lunatic – are basically sound concepts”.

After the war, Draganovic travelled around internment camps in northern Italy & Austria checking on the fate of the Ustashi members who had been captured. However, Draganovic’s “relief work” also involved sheltering his comrades at San Girolamo, the Croatian monastery in Rome, there, on the mezzanine floor, Draganovic founded the Committee of Croatian Refugees in Rome, which was nothing less than a front for his people-smuggling activity.

The Americans & the British managed to infiltrate a spy into the monastery, who discovered that the Ustashi were being ferried around in cars bearing Vatican diplomatic plates.

[But] the ultimate protectors of Pavelic were not members of the Vatican, but the Allies themselves. In mid-July 1947, an operation mooted by the Americans & the British to arrest Pavelic was suddenly cancelled with the simple order “Hands off”, for reasons that are still opaque. It is fashionable to suggest that an arrest would reveal the complicity of the Vatican in assisting Pavelic, but it is just as likely that the Allies did not wish for the former dictator to be arrested because to have done so would have alienated a vast number of Croatians who were being used as informers in the nascent Cold War against the Soviet Union.

Whether Pavelic ended up being of any use to the Allies is doubtful, but we do know that Draganovc was more than helpful. It was Draganovic who ran the “ratline” down which the Gestapo officer-turned-American agent Klaus Barbie & his family would scuttle in March 1951. Draganovic would spend many years in & out of contact with the CIA, & he was eventually dropped on the grounds of his utter untrustworthiness.

No less a controversial character is that of Alois Hudal, who was the rector of the Austro-German church & seminary, the Santa Maria dell’Anima on the Via della Pace. It is this Austrian bishop who, more than any other figure, did so much to give the Catholic Church its reputation as a Nazi conduit. Although not an out-&-out Nazi, Hudal was broadly sympathetic to much of the fascist creed, but he disliked the idea that a man – in the form of Hitler – could replace God. Nevertheless, his hatred for Communism & his intense nationalism made him sympathetic to many fleeing Nazis, & under the auspices of his Assistenza Austriaca, Hudal enabled hundreds of criminals to flee to Argentina & the Middle East.

Perhaps the most murderous was Franz Stangl, the commandant of Treblinka, who is estimated to have overseen the slaughter of some 780,000 Jews. When Stangl arrived in Rome in August 1948, his first port of call was Hudal, & today the archives of the seminary still contain the handwritten CV that Stangl presented to the bishop upon his arrival. Although the document omits Stangl’s service at Treblinka, it does reveal that he had been an SS captain. Had Hudal wanted to find out more, he could have done so, but Hudal was not the type of man who would have asked such questions. Instead, he secured Stangl a passage to Syria & a job at a textile mill.

Although it is impossible to ascertain precisely the extent and size of Hudal’s network, there can be no doubt that he worked in cahoots with all sorts of nefarious figures, from Argentinian secret agents to people-smugglers motivated by cash. Hudal’s motivation might have had its roots in charity & converting more souls to Catholicism, but in doing so, he helped some of the worst murderers of the 20th century to escape.

From The Truth about Pius and the Nazi Ratlines, John L. Jr. Allen

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Comments
  1. Monex says:

    My husband and I have spent the past five years conducting research and documenting the growth of in some conservative Catholic organizations so I have no difficulty in believing that there could have been pro-fascists in the clergy who would have been disposed to help even Eichmann evade justice and hide in Argentina..I assume the article will announce the declassification of previously sealed files that confirm that Priests or Bishops actually helped the Architect of the Holocaust escape from Germany and I brace for impact. By the time I am done reading I have learned nothing more than that a German advocacy group the BND headed by investigative journalist Gabriele Weber has requested a 4 500 page file concerning Eichmann be declassified.. There is good reason to believe Eichmann received help from German Italian and Vatican officials. .That s it?

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