On the Holocaust
Condemning the 'Planned Barbarism' Against the Jewish People
Apostolic Letter on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Outbreak
of World War II
one section of this apostolic letter, the Pope called attention
to the persecution of the Jews.
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.
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.
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.
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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