Bishop Testifies That Pope Pius Expressed “abhorrence” of Slovak Anti-jewish Laws
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Bishop Testifies That Pope Pius Expressed “abhorrence” of Slovak Anti-jewish Laws

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Bishop Buzalka of Bratislava, appearing as a witness in the two-month-old war crimes trial of Josef Tiso, former head of the pro-Nazi puppet government of Slovakia, has testified that at an audience he had with Pope Pius XII in 1939, the latter rejected Tiso’s persecution of the Jews.

The Bishop declared that several Slovak officials carried communications from the Vatican to Tiso expressing the Pope’s “abhorrence” for the Slovak Government’s anti-Jewish laws. At the conclusion of his testimony, the Bishop strode toward Tiso and offered to shake hands with him, but the court halted him.

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