The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini and Hitler featuring David Kertzer

David Kertzer in office
Jan 18, 2024
5:00 PM–6:30 PM

When Pope Pius XII died in 1958, his papers were sealed in the Vatican Secret Archives, leaving unanswered questions about what he knew and did during World War II. In 2020, the archives were finally opened. Based on thousands of never-before-seen documents, David Kertzer’s “The Pope at War” paints a dramatic portrait of what the Pope did and did not do as war enveloped the continent and as the Nazis began their systematic mass murder of Europe’s Jews.

Kertzer is the Brown University Dupee University Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, and Research Professor at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown. His publications include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” (2014); “The Popes against the Jews” (2001); and “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” (1998).

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About the Holocaust Living History Workshop

This event is a part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series, an education and outreach program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. It aims to preserve the memories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust by offering public events involving witnesses, descendants and scholars and through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Past HLHW workshops are now part of the Library’s digital collections and can be accessed online.

Sponsor: Joel and Nancy Dimsdale