Vatican accuses Jewish groups on WWII archives

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Jewish groups have no cause to complain of the Vatican restricting archives on Pope Pius XII, accused by some of ignoring the Holocaust, and should open all their own files, a Vatican official said on Tuesday.


Brandmuller, speaking at a news conference presenting Vatican initiatives to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pius’s death, said Jewish groups and Israel should look at their own archives of the period.

“So far, some 15 Israeli and Jewish archives have not been used. For example, the archives of the World Jewish Congress have not been used yet. So, I don’t understand these complaints about the lack of access to the Vatican (archives),” he said.


By Philip Pullella