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Research reveals heroic actions of bishops in Poland during war

Pope Francis meets Auschwitz concentration camp survivors during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 7. Photo: CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters.

Pope Francis meets Auschwitz concentration camp survivors during his weekly general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 7. Photo: CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters.

ALMOST all Catholic diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland risked their lives helping Jewish people at the time of the Holocaust, according to the newest research.

In 1939 in Poland, there were 21 Roman Catholic dioceses.

Eight remained without diocesan bishops, who were murdered or exiled.

Eleven out of 13 diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland who remained in their dioceses were helping Jewish people.

The activity of the other two bishops is being researched.

In addition, one diocesan bishop, who emigrated to England, condemned the Nazi crimes against Jewish people in his speech on the London radio: “The murders committed openly on Jews in Poland amidst the blustering and jibes of the executioners and their vassals must evoke horror and disgust in the entire civilised world. (…) As a Polish bishop I condemn with all certainty the crime committed in Poland on the Jewish population,” Bishop Karol Radonski said on December 14, 1942.

Archbishop Adam Sapieha of Krakow, like many other bishops, allowed issuing forged Catholic birth certificates, which permitted many Jewish people to get fictitious identification and save their lives.

Bishop Teodor Kubina helped to save the granddaughter of his friend – Rabbi Asz in one of the convent kindergartens in Czestochowa.

Bishop Franciszek Barda converted the Curia building in Przemysl into apartments for the Jewish familes.

Helping the Jewish people in Poland was under death punishment.

Therefore bishops did this secretly.

This is one of the reasons why still it is an unknown subject in the Holocaust studies.

However, recent research brings to light many heroic actions of Catholic bishops in Poland and across the whole of Europe.

Zenit

Catholic Church Insurance

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