(JNS.org) Jewish groups and Israeli leaders have criticized former
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer for saying that the “Jewish
lobby” has unfairly treated the legacy of Pope Pius XII.
Pope Pius XII. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Jewish groups are known to
be critical of Pope Pius XII, who was pope during the Nazi era, for not publicly
condemning the atrocities that were being perpetrated by the Germans against
the Jewish people. But in his new book, “Holy See, Unholy Me: 1000 Days in
Rome,” Fischer claims that Pius “instructed Catholics to help Jews, hiding
hundreds in convents, monasteries and the Vatican,” and says the tactics of the “Jewish lobby” are “about representing a cause and maintaining influence and
“This is very standard
anti-Semitic fare… the notion of Jews controlling the world, either through
financial markets or the media, or both,” said Efraim Zuroff, the director of
the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, on Fischer’s book.