Review: Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler

Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler
Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There have been many books written about Pope Pius XII. He has been slandered and misunderstood by many. He was called Hitler’s Pope by John Cornwell. He was accused of not doing enough during the war to prevent the horrible atrocities the Nazi Germany carried out against Jewish people. For many years this myth has been spread throughout the culture. Now that we can finally look at the secret archives from the time of the war, a different picture is starting to emerge.

Mark Riebling has done a wonderful job with this book. The actual history is so much more interesting then the mindless theories of the enemies of the Church. Was Pope Pius perfect? No. Could he have done more? Perhaps. What Mr. Riebling has showed quite well in this well researched book is how involved the Pope actually was in trying to bring down Hitler.

The book is also excellent highlighting the brave men inside of Germany. They fought Hitler from the inside, often at a great cost to their own safety. I knew about the Valkyrie plot but I was not familiar with the other attempts at Hitler’s life. What also was surprising to me was the cooperation between the Catholic Germany and the Protestants. The name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is well known throughout the Christian world. He suffered and died because of the plot against Hitler. Other names were less known to me. The heroic actions of Josef Müller and Wilhelm Canaris need to be remembered.

This is a great book and a great addition to any WWII history library. I highly recommend it.

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