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Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust - Current State of Research International Academic Workshop to Take Place at Yad Vashem Next Week

5 March 2009

Yad Vashems International Institute for Holocaust Research and the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Saints Peter and Paul will hold a joint international scholarly workshop on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, looking at the current state of research on Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust.

This meeting of scholars is being held to understand the present state of research on the man and the topic, and is an opportunity for an exchange of updated knowledge and a sharing of scholarly opinions. In the last few years, several important books and articles have been published, and new material has come to light, and therefore there is a need to summarize what information is known to scholars, to see whether there is any new information not previously known, as well as any information that needs re-evaluating.

Among the topics scholars will discuss are the pre-Papacy period; relations with the German Bishops; Pius XII and the Holocaust; the situation in Italy during the Holocaust; and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

The opening remarks of the workshop, on Sunday, March 8, at 9:30 -10:00 is open to the press in coordination with the Media Relations Department. The Workshop is a closed forum. Media who wish to cover the opening remarks are requested to contact the Media Relations Department at 02 644 3410 as space is limited.