It is in the note written by Domenico Tardini on 27 March that the impotence of the Holy See is felt most keenly. Instructed by Cardinal Maglione, Tardini telegrammed Burzio and told him to go and see Tiso personally and plead with him to halt the trains. Maglione sent his own telegram shortly afterwards setting out very clearly what Burzio was to do and say to the Priest-President. (ADSS 8.332)
Reference: Tel nr 22 (AES 2388/42)
Location and date: Pressburg (Bratislava) 25.03.1942 @ 1810
(Arrived Rome 0930 26.03.1942)
Summary statement: Information sent yesterday that the government had suspended the deportation of the Slovak Jews was false.
Contrary to yesterday’s rumour (1), the Government has not given up its inhuman proposition and is at present concentrating 10,000 men and an equal number of women as the first contingent. Afterwards, there will be more transports until all are deported. I was told the above (?) by the Ministry.
Note of Monsignor Tardini on a separate page:
27.03.1942. Eae (Ex audientia Eminentissimi – After meeting with Sec State)
Telegraph Mons Burzio – in response to his telegram – telling him the steps he is to take and instructing him to go personally to see Tiso. (2)
(I do not know if this will fail to stop … the madness! And the two madmen: Tuka who acts and Tiso – a priest – who lets him do it!)
(1) ADSS 8.324
(2) Cf ADSS 8.332