Pope John Paul II: In His Own Words

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On the Holocaust
An Indelible Stain on the 20th Century
The Holocaust: A Warning for Humanity
Indifference to the Holocaust is Impermissible
Calling Attention to the Mass Extermination of Jews
Condemning the 'Planned Barbarism' Against the Jewish People
Deploring Anti-Semitism from any Source
Raising Warning Against Genocide
Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto
Reflections at the Concert at the Vatican Commemorating the Holocaust
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On the Holocaust
Condemning the 'Planned Barbarism' Against the Jewish People

Apostolic Letter on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War II

In one section of this apostolic letter, the Pope called attention to the persecution of the Jews.

...Among all these antihuman measures, however, there is one which will forever remain a shame for humanity: the planned barbarism which was unleashed against the Jewish people.

As the object of the "Final Solution" devised by an erroneous ideology, the Jews were subjected to deprivations and brutalities that are almost indescribable. Persecuted at first through measures designed to harass and discriminate, they were ultimately to die by the millions in extermination camps.

The Jews of Poland, more than others, lived this immense suffering: The images of the Warsaw Ghetto under siege, as well as what we have come to learn about the camps at Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka, surpass in horror anything that can be humanly imagined.

I wish to repeat here in the strongest possible way that hostility and hatred against Judaism are in complete contradiction to the Christian vision of human dignity.

August 27, 1989

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