30 May 2006

Nazi Pope Returns to Auschwitz, Scene of the Crime

On Sunday, in an act of historical revisionism for the ages, the Pope - a former Hitler Youth, Luftwaffenhelfer, and Nazi soldier - visited Auschwitz.

Ironically, some of his plans for the day had to be scrapped. The Independent reported that, "The Vatican dropped plans to drive the Pope through the gates of Auschwitz, after organisers pointed out that only SS members ever drove through the camp gates; prisoners had to walk."

If the Vatican had any decency, which it does not, it should have gone ahead with their staged photo op and driven him through the gates, thereby accurately presenting Pope Ratzinger as a Nazi. Given his sordid past, it would have been far less revisionist than the portrayal of him as a lover of Jews.

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