Waagenaar's Tope's Jews'- Relates Vatican -Failures, Continuity of Roman Jews' History
Given some benefit of leased but were sent to their of the Jews of Rome. Filled
Sam Waagenaar, in the in Italy, especially in medi- half of Jews who were
with anecdotes, Waagenaar's
because of the threat doom nevertheless.
study he has made of Vati- cal schools, and many of
research add interestingly
can attitudes toward the them respond to the propa-
taking and it serves as an during the tragic war years, scores of other incidents, in- to this always fascinating
Jews and in his research ganda with refutations.
indictment of a number of Waagenaar also points out: cluding the Ritual Murder history, one marked by tra-
historically on the subject,
gedies as well as the cour-
believes there are vacilla- asceticism of Paul VI is re- the Vatican associates who "That the papal silence was libels and the notorious Trent a g e o u s determination of
tions that perpetuate ancient sponsible for the negation of
Italian Jewry to survive
prejudices which are only the libertarian principles of human tasks. There were fear of doing anything that pudiation of sanctification of against great odds.
rarely abandoned. He shows
humanitarian who exerted ire, has been made very means for Jewish persecu-
how Pius XII failed to come
their efforts to accomplish a clear by the Vatican itself." tions for centuries.
forth with appeals in defense
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A chapter is devoted to the
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the 1.127 Jews of Rome were the villainies that stemmed Jewish Pope, the story of the
termination by Hitler. He
rounded up for the death from some of the Vatican Pierlenis family.
gives fullest credit to the
camps, there was an inter- ranks are indicated here
liberalism of John XXIII. He
cession for only two days with much firmness.
shows how Pius XI took
Waagenaar restates the
and the . selectees were
steps in the direction of fair-
story of Chief Rabbi Italo naar book, replete with
ness to Jewry.
Zolli who became a convert legends and factual tales,
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His story is told in a chal-
to Catholicism. Many new provide a new history of the
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naar relates how the Chicago
lenging work, "The Pope's
details are recorded here
United Jewish Appeal re-
Jews," published by Open
about that tragic incident of that keeps alive the drama
Court Press, LaSalle, Ill. On
a man who was apparently
work. It was a doomed ven-
a brief visit here last week,
ture, the emphasis on rescue motivated by a desire to
he elaborated on his experi-
abandon his Jewish faith.
was only for converted Jews,
ences and studies, the inter-
The present Chief Rabbi
views he conducted in
Elio Toaff is portrayed -as a
calculations and the attempt
gathering material for his
man of courage who spoke
failed in its intentions.
work over a period of sev-
his mind and exerted himself
eral years and the assistance
in his people's behalf. Rabbi
as well as the obstacles he
Toaff had been quoted as
complimenting the Pope for
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Born in Holland, where he
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lived until he was 21, Waage-
"To the kabalist the best
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naar came to the United
proof of God's existence is chestra appeared in concert
States in 1929. He was as-
the created universe," Mi- at the Vatican in 1955, but a
sociated with M-G-M, was
gene Gonzalez-Wippler as-
active in journalism, became the ecumenical programs serts in "A Kabala for the was not published. Waage-
and American citizen and have been "totally aban- Modern World," a Julian naar quotes Toaff as having
served in the U.S. Army, doned" in the last few years Press book issued this week. written: "We prefer to re-
was enlisted in the psycho- and he made the comment
member what the late Pope
The author, an accomp- has done for the Jews, in-
logical warfare department, that "the Church that de-
did journalistic work in mands Confessions must now lished psychologist and an- stead of thinking about what
thropologist, an editor for the he had not done." Waagenaar
France before settling in itself go to Confession."
Italy where he has lived for
"Regrettably," he added, American Institute of Phy- comments: "T h i s critical
more than a decade.
"the Church presently con- sics, indicates a thorough note was not deemed to be
He befriended Chief Rabbi siders itself above Confes- study, with devoted research, in the interest of the Vatican,
into the subject.
and consequently the passage
Elie Toaff who is quoted in sion."
"The Pope's Jews" is a
She defines Kabala as "a was censored out of the
"The Pope's Jews" and who,
Waagenaar states, has given many-faceted h i s t o r y. It derivation of the Hebrew root article."
him encouragement in pre- traces Jewish life in Italy to KBL (Kibel), which means
The Massacre of the Ar-
senting - the facts in his book the earliest times. In fact, `to receive,' " as aptly de- deatine Caves, the crime of
about the Vatican. Waage- the very closing words in scribing "the ancient tradi- the Nazis under Herbert
naar's book sold more than the book are: "There have tion of 'receiving' the secret Kappler's machinations and
10,000 copies in Italy in an always been Jews in Rome," doctrine orally."
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Waagenaar believes the son about the status of Jewry deals with Kabala as a "phil- in its demands for gold from
human aspects of the in Italy.
osophical and theosophical Jews who were to be re-
The early settlers are de- system that was originally
Italians, traditionally friend-
ly to Jewry, rule out the saibed, the author turns the designed to answer man's
possibility of organized anti- pages of history back to the eternal questions on the na-
Semitic activities in the era of Josephus Flavius, and ture of God and the universe
he portrays the role of Jews and the ultimate destiny of
He conceded that there has both in eras of glory and mankind."
been. an increase in propa- under oppression.
Thus, her work assumes
Both the good and the bad
ganda against Jews, and as
has been the experiences in are depicted, and the reader an expert's result of search
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into the mythological. Num-
other lands he states that the is introduced to the time
erous plates and tables defin-
mass propaganda by Arab
ing the mythology of Kabala •
students, especially in letter- Rome Ghetto, stating, "God are used to illustrate her
writing to newspapers, ex- has imposed servitude upon findings and conclusions. The
plains the emergence of an the Jews until they shall Hebrew alphabet is presented
have recognized their
element of prejudice.
as means of understanding
"There are hundreds of errors."
And he leads up to the re- some of the terms and num-
Arab students in Italy, and
erology is an aspect in the
they are primarily respon- versal, under Pius XI, by study.
sible for the evidences of
"To the Kabala," she as-
"In March 1938 Pius XI
bigotry," Waagenaar states.
He points out that there had taken a first important serts, "all the various de-
are many Israelis studying step towards the eradication grees of manifestation are re-
of the 'only-Catholicism-is- duced to the essential Kabala
good-for-the - world' attitude equation: 'The pulsation of
of some priests when he de- life-death which is Aleph, la-
cided to suspend the 'Friends tent existence, personified in
of Israel' (Amici Israel)—an the name AHIH (Eheieh),
organization which for many perenially emanates IHVH
years had been trying to (Jehova), with whom it
the Jews. The word- unites for the purpose of cre-
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