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Did the churches remain silent during the Holocaust?

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12/16/2011

None of the major denominations in Germany spoke out against the Holocaust. This has led to much criticism since 1945 especially of the Roman Catholics. After all, two Roman Catholic bishops spoke out against the euthanasia programme, after which it was drastically cut back, but they did not say anything about the Jews.

In France, five Roman Catholic bishops protested againt the deportations of the Jews (Archbishop Saliège of Toulouse, Bishop Théas of Montauban, Archbishop Gerlier of Lyon and the Bishops of Marseille and Albi). They, and some others gave practical help, too. However, this raises the question of what most of the other bishops were doing at the time.