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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 27, 2021 – Hour 2

Dachau’s Priest Barracks: A Holocaust Story You Probably Haven’t Heard

The most famous priest to be killed by the Nazis is probably Saint Maximilian Kolbe, who died in Auschwitz in 1941. But he was far from the only priest to be murdered. Three of the thirty barracks at the Dachau concentration camp were occupied by clergy, and of the 2,720 men imprisoned there, 2,579 were Catholics. More than a third of the men in the “priest block” died there. Fr. Joseph Fessio joins us with their stories. 

Fr Joseph Fessio

Fr Joseph Fessio is the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. He earned his doctorate in Theology from the University of Regensburg, his thesis director was Joseph Ratzinger.

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The Vatican’s Secret War Against Hitler

January 27 is recognized as Holocaust Memorial Day. And on January 30, 1933 Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. On both these dates, we should reflect on the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust and look back on what was done to resist it. Mark Riebling joins us with the story of Pius XII’s secret war against Hitler.

Mark Riebling

Mark Riebling is the author of Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler.  He co-founded Center for Policing Terrorism and his writings have appeared in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

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