Visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem often leads to emotional and unexpected encounters.
Next month, The Pope's Jews hits book stores. In this historical account, author Gordon Thomas attempts to clarify the role played by Pope Pius XII, known as "Hitler's Pope," during the Second World War regarding Europe's Jewish population. Based on previously unpublished Vatican documents and first-hand accounts provided by Holocaust victims and wartime priests, the book reveals the existence of a secret operation personally overseen by the Pope to shelter Jews across Nazi Europe.
Israel is home to more than 200,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors, many of whom require assistance that the state is often difficult for the thinly-stretched national budget to provide. That is where the goodwill of supporters around the world comes in, and the readers of Israel Today are right there on the front lines.