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Pope Pius XII — a great benefactor of Jews?

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 pm

On Tuesday, June 21, in a meeting open to the public, the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens will host Gary Krupp to discuss his book, “Pope Pius XII and World War II — The Documented Truth.” The book, published by Krupp’s Pave the Way Foundation, is a compilation of documentary materials evidencing Pope Pius XII’s efforts to help Jews and resist anti-Semitism during the Holocaust.

Krupp and his wife, Meredith, founded the Pave the Way Foundation to foster understanding among the world’s religions. Krupp will discuss his initial misgivings about Pope Pius XII and the discoveries that led him to decide the pope was one of the greatest benefactors of Jews in modern times.

Pius XII’s role during the war and the degree to which he protected Jews from the Nazis has been the subject of intense controversy ever since. Krupp, a Jewish New Yorker, has emerged as one of the pope’s greatest defenders, and was named one of the Top Ten People of 2010 by “Inside the Vatican” for his efforts on behalf of truth and historical justice. Krupp had also been honored by the Vatican as a Knight and Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great because he provided free consultations that saved Italian Catholic hospitals millions of dollars in equipment acquisition costs over 25 years.

The Rotary Club discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at the Starbucks at 157-41 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach. Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. Signed copies of Krupp’s book will be available for purchase. For more information, call (718) 845-1429. To join or learn more about the club, stop by its weekly meeting at Prima Pasta at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, or call (718) 845-1429

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