Am 17. Oktober 2021 veranstaltet das United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ein öffentliches Webinar über die Öffnung der Vatikanischen Archive zur Zeit des Zweiten Weltkrieges. Diese beinhalten bis zu 16 Millionen Seiten Quellenmaterial, das Aufschluss über die Handlungen von Papst Pius XII. und seinen Kirchenführern geben könnte, als Millionen von Menschen in ganz Europa ermordet wurden. Alle Lehrenden, Studierenden, Absolvent*innen und Freund*innen des Abendgymnasiums sind herzlich eingeladen, sich kostenlos für die Veranstaltung anzumelden.

For decades, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and many others have called for the opening of the wartime Vatican archives—16 million pages that could shed light on the actions of Pope Pius XII and his fellow church leaders as millions of Jews and other victims were being murdered across Europe. At last, in 2019, Pope Francis announced they would open in 2020, stating “The Church is not afraid of history.”

You are invited to this webinar about the significance of these archives and this scholarship for Jewish-Christian relations. Following reflections by Vatican archivist Piero Doria, leading scholars—including the Museum’s Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming—will discuss their initial findings and how these documents may lead to a new understanding of this history.

Co-presented by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, and the Museum’s Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.

Iael Nidam-Orvieto, Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem

Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director of International Academic Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
David Kertzer, Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science, Brown University
Robert Ventresca, Professor of History, King’s University College at Western University

This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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Bildnachweis: Papst Pius XII.