Orbis Catholicus carries these pictures and this explanation:
When you visit Israel's holocaust memorial museum, the Yad Vashem, this is what you're greeted with as seen above. Photos are not allowed to be taken, and nobody outside is meant to see these pics. When you complain you get a smirk from the museum custodians.
Early this week the Chief Rabbi of Hyfer who had spoken at the Synod said he wouldn't have gone if he had known that it would have coincided with the 50th anniversary commemorations of Pope Pius' death. A little strange to think the author of Divino Afflante Spiritu, should not be lauded at a Synod on scripture.
Hindsight is not the best way to judge any historical figure, but the silence of Pius XII, does need explanation. The Chief Rabbi of Rome became a Christian after the war, really because of the Pope, he took the name Eugenio in his honour. At the time of his death he was judged a "Righteous Among the Gentiles", because of the thousands of Jews hidden by the Church, throughout Italy at his direct intervention.
A few years ago it was suggested that the KGB had engineered the "black legend" of Pope Pius XII, though perhaps its roots lie a little closer to the Church.
Sandro Magister has an interview with Paolo Mieli, a student of the great historian of fascism Renzo De Felice, and the director of the leading Italian newspaper, "Corriere della Sera." Mieli is of Jewish family, with relatives who died in the Nazi concentration camps. Mieli absolutely dismantles the "black legend" weighing against Pius XII, whom he calls "the most important pope of the twentieth century."
And it was in 1963 that a twofold revision of Pius XII's role began taking hold. One of these was malicious – inside the Church itself – and contrasted Pius XII with the figure of John XXIII. It was a devastating operation: John XXIII was treated as a pope who had demonstrated a sensitivity during the second world war that Pius XII had not. This is a very bizarre idea. And between the lines of the invective against Pacelli, it seems to emerge that the pontiff has been made to pay for his anti-communism. In reality, Pius XII was a pope in line with the history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. If one reads what he wrote or listens to the recordings of his speeches, one realizes how he also expressed, for example, criticism of liberalism. I mean that he was not at all a pawn of anti-communist Atlantism.