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Church of Spies

The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: History, Military
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  • James Clark
  • 17-04-16

Pius XII Vindicated

Every Catholic, Protestant, and Jew who has any interest in World War II and the Holocaust must listen to this amazing story of heroism. This is the story not only of how much Pius XII did for the Jews and for Europe in general, but also of the many Catholic priests, Protestant ministers, and Christian laymen of all kinds who sacrificed so much for the good of mankind.

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  • Stephen
  • 21-11-15

Church of Spies - Background for Film Valkyrie

I enjoyed this book because is touched on the difficult decisions leaders had to make in WWII about publically supporting groups at risk in Nazi Germany. Speaking out may have not been the correct decisions since it only drew more attention to the groups attempting to subvert the Third Reich and who were assisting Jews and Christians out of the SS and Gestapo view. Even the decision of the FDR to push for unconditional surrender pf Germany may have prolonged the war versus getting the sympathetic leadership to assassinate Hitler and sue for peace if they thought that Germany would be portioned and horribly punished for Hitler's action. Finally, it showed that Germany was not a monolith culture of Nazism. As in all conflicts, the range of people in Germany went from true Nazi believers to people doing their duty to the Fatherland to neutrals and fence sitters to the those of the underground resistance.

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  • Cjf
  • 15-06-16

The pope won peace

Before any one criticises the pope for any role he did or didn't play in the war against Hitler. Needs to listen to this book. POPE PIUS humbly accepted insult knowing that he was the main mediator of every angle of peace between the resistance movements, the British and all others against Hitler. Catholic resistance movement was strongest of all because of its already established organizational structure. It is so obvious why the pope worked behind the scenes instead of loudly denouncing Hitler at the height of his power. No one shouts where there friends are hiding to the enemy, nor do u yell ar kidnappers who hold a gun to your childs head. Knowing this would only agitated the kidnappers to shoot your child. U talk nicely agreeing to their terms as u creep in the back door, only disarming when they don't see u coming.

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  • MM
  • 22-02-16

Heroic Faith

The rest of the story, behind the illusion that the Catholic Church collaborated with the Nazi 3rd Reich. A "must read."

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  • Malt Monk
  • 30-12-15

Very well done..and lots of research

enjoyed the book. ..telling us behind the veil struggles against the principalities of darkness (one we seem to be on the abyss of again)...Well done Mr. Riebling , well done Joey Ox ..Well done Pope Pius...and well done martyrs for the faith standing up for truth in a darkened world!...

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  • R. Mayer
  • 05-04-16

Reads like a spy thriller

Fascinating story of how Pius XII and others ran Europe's most extensive spy network. Amazing that this is a true story! Only critique is that the reading is a little dry, sounds a bit like a Kindle bot.

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  • Bush
  • 23-02-16

WWII from a Different Perspective

A great book that casts light on a little known part of history in WWII.

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  • Jonathan Puddle
  • 28-12-15

Fascinating, in-depth expose of war and religion

This was a brilliant book, narrated clearly and excellently. The examination of Christian values under the pressures of WW2 within the context of Catholic action make for fascinating reading for anyone interested in church or European history. It makes an excellent companion piece to Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer.

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  • Ryan Tossell
  • 12-08-17

Was Pope Pius A Nazi Sympathizer?

While a long listen, Church of Spies gives an excellent insight into multiple sides of the story and unveils the truth about the approach of the Catholic Church towards Nazi Germany. If you dismiss Pope Pius as a Nazi sympathizer without having done the research, you undoubtedly need to listen to this book.

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  • St. Joe's amigo
  • 23-06-16

History, espionage, faith it's all here.

Whether you enjoy history or a spy story or WWII from a new perspective or new info about the Catholic Church, A good read/listen can be found here.

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