January 19, 2005


Hitler plot to kidnap the pope revealed (John Hooper, January 17, 2005, The Guardian)

Weeks before Nazi troops abandoned Rome, Adolf Hitler personally ordered the SS to kidnap the then pope so he could be brought back to Germany and locked up in a castle, according to previously unpublished testimony made available at the weekend.

The newspaper Avvenire, which is owned by the Catholic church in Italy, suggested the kidnap plot was part of a wider plan to "abolish" Christianity and replace it with a religion in which Hitler would be worshipped as the saviour of humankind.

It said that, instead of carrying out the F├╝hrer's orders, the head of the SS in Italy, General Karl Wolff, went to the Vatican to warn Pope Pius XII of the danger he was in.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2005 9:22 AM
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