Jul 5, 2012 / 14:38 pm
Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made changes to a controversial exhibit on Pope Pius XII, presenting a more balanced view of his actions toward the Nazis and their Jewish victims.
Pave the Way Foundation President Gary Krupp, a prominent Jewish defender of Pope Pius XII, said his inter-religious group was "very pleased" with Yad Vashem's change of position, which "should show the world that it is truly an institution based on facts and truth."
"The black legend against Pope Pius XII is being bleached white by the stark light of truth," Krupp told CNA on July 5. Further research, he said, will show that the Pope, born Eugenio Pacelli, "was indeed a great hero to the Jewish people during our darkest years of the Shoah."
Yad Vashem's new wall panel on Pius XII and the Vatican "presents a more complex picture than previously presented," the museum said in a July 1 announcement, citing "research that has been done in the recent years" on the wartime Pope.