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Pope Benedict XVI was a Nazi organization

May 12 2009

The Vatican denied that Pope Benedict XVI in his youth was in the Hitler Youth. "Joseph Ratzinger (the name of the pope, a German by birth) never served in the Hitler Youth - the Nazi ideology of the organization. It was a 16-year-old seminarian, when he enlisted in the auxiliary building for protection from Allied bombing (the anti-Hitler coalition)," - told reporters the head Print Service Holy See Federico Lombardi.

The announcement was made in response to numerous publications in the Israeli press, which is by mentioning the participation of the Pope in the Hitler Youth and the Wehrmacht attacked him for his unnecessary, according to the authors, dry and lapidary, devoid of music personal statement of remorse to the victims of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem .

Dissatisfaction with Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to the six million Jews who perished during World War II, and expressed the director of Yad Vashem, "Avner Shalev, chairman of the board of the memorial complex, a former Supreme Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, and Israeli Parliament Speaker Reuven Rivlin.

"He came and spoke, as if a historian (as) someone who looks the part, about the things that were not supposed to happen ... But it was part of it all" - Rivlin said in a radio station Kol Yisrael .

The tragedy of European Jewry - the traditional painful subject in the Vatican's relations with Israel. The current pontiff than his past is put in a rebuke and a desire to canonize Pope Pius XII, whom the Israelis accused of being havens for Nazi crimes, as well as a recent episode, which put the parties on the brink of a diplomatic rupture - the restoration of the dignity of Bishop Richard Williamson, who had publicly expressed doubts about the extent of Holocaust.

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