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Some Vatican archives from World War II to go online

February 15, 2010

With support from the Pave the Way Foundation, the Vatican is planning to post on the internet more than 5,000 documents from the Secret Archives relating to World War II. The Pave the Way Foundation suggested the effort to publicize documents that have been "previously published and mostly ignored," showing Vatican efforts against the genocidal policies of the Nazi regime.

The Pave the Way Foundation, headed by the American Jewish leader Gary Krupp, is dedicated to promoting understanding between different religions. The group has concentrated its efforts on the contested issue of Vatican policies during the Holocaust. While some Jewish leaders have persistently called for the Vatican to release all material in the Secret Archives for the pontificate of Pius XII, Krupp has observed the evidence already in the public domain illustrates the work of Pope Pius XII to save Jews.


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