A Special Mission: Hitler’s Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII

By Dan Kurzman
Read by George K. Wilson

9.10 Hours 06/01/2007 unabridged
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In September 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome and ordered SS General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler’s chief aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap (and perhaps kill) Pope Pius XII. At the same time, plans were being made to deport Rome’s Jews to Auschwitz. Wolff began playing a dangerous game: stalling Hitler’s plot against the pope, whom he hoped would save him from the noose in case Germany lost the war. To save Pius, Wolff and fellow conspirators blackmailed him into silence when the Jews were rounded up, hoping that Hitler would rescind his order.

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In September 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome and ordered SS General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler’s chief aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap (and perhaps kill) Pope Pius XII. At the same time, plans were being made to deport Rome’s Jews to Auschwitz. Wolff began playing a dangerous game: stalling Hitler’s plot against the pope, whom he hoped would save him from the noose in case Germany lost the war. To save Pius, Wolff and fellow conspirators blackmailed him into silence when the Jews were rounded up, hoping that Hitler would rescind his order.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kurzman does a good job of telling a suspenseful and little-known story of WWII intrigue.” Publishers Weekly
“Wilson reads this WWII history in an even and engaged tone, effortlessly recounting each action of the convoluted plot…unexpected international intrigue.” AudioFile
“This is a compelling read and belongs in every comprehensive World War II collection.” Library Journal
“One of the most extraordinary episodes of [WWII]...This fascinating book is the only one to tell the full...story.” Nottingham Evening Post

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Author Bio: Dan Kurzman

Dan Kurzman was an American journalist and novelist of many military history books. He earned a Bachelor's degree in political science from University of California at Berkeley, worked as an NBC news correspondent in Jerusalem, and worked as the foreign policy correspondent for the Washington Post. In 1965 he received the George Polk award for external reporting. He was also the recipient of the Cornelius Ryan Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English