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1 - Vatican Blocks Access To Archives
2 - Missing Children


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1-Vatican Blocks Access To Archives 

Citing a "lack of positive response from the Vatican to a request for additional Holocaust-era documents, a joint Catholic-Jewish panel of historians suspended a study of the Church's activities during World War II. 

The panel, whose aim is to examine what Pope Pius XII knew about the Holocaust, was established in 1999 by the Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.(IJCIC).and the Vatican's Commission for Religious. Relations with the Jews. After reviewing 11 volumes of published Vatican records from the period, the panel - five Jewish and Catholic -historians - requested additional access to unpublished archives. - 

Refusing to grant the scholars access to materials published after 1923, Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the commission, asked the panel to prepare a final report on the history of the Vatican during the Holocaust based on materials it reviewed. In a June 21 letter, Kasper stated that "the Vatican archives are accessible only until 1923," and that access "after that date is not possible at present for technical reasons." 

In a July 20 response to Kasper, the historians stated that without access to unpublished Vatican archives, "we could not maintain our credibility with the many voices, Catholic, Jewish, and others, who have called for greater availability of archival material... 

"We therefore cannot see a way forward at present to the final report that you request, and believe that we must therefore suspend our work." 

JP 

2-Missing Children 

Ukraine's Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich has asked Pope John Paul II to open church archives and reveal the names of Jewish children who were raised as Catholics during World War II. The rabbi said that thousands of Jews in Poland and western Ukraine were taken in by Christian families to save them from the Nazis, and many of them were never told of their Jewish origins. 

"We think that every normal person understands that Jewish children who were saved during the war should have been returned to the Jews after the war," Rabbi Bleich said, shortly before he and the Pope paid tribute to Nazi victims at Babi Yar, outside Kiev. 

The Germans killed 33,761 Jews there within 72 hours in late September 1941, and over the next two years, killed another 170,000 people there, most of them Jews. 


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