Pope John Paul II: In His Own Words

Introduction
On Israel
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
On Judaism


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On the Holocaust
Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto

Jews from around the world gathered in Poland in April 1993 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Holy Father sent a message to Archbishop Józef Kowalczyk, Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, to be transmitted to the Coordinating Commission of the Hebrew Organizations in Poland. The following is the text of the Pope's message, which was written in English:

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising approaches, together with the whole Church, I wish to remember those terrible days of World War II, days of contempt for the human person, manifested in the horror of the sufferings endured at that time by so many of our Jewish brothers and sisters.

It is with profound grief that we call to mind what happened then, and indeed all that happened then, and indeed all that happened in the long black night of the Shoah. We remember, and we need to remember, but we need to remember with renewed trust in God and in his all-healing blessing.

April 6, 1993



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