Friday, August 17, 2012
ADSS 9.94 Godfrey to Maglione on Jewish children
This is the first of four documents highlighting Vatican resistance to Jewish emigration to Palestine. The texts need no further comment.
is now holier for Catholics …[than] for
Jews (3) Palestine
ADSS 9.94 William Godfrey,
to Cardinal Maglione Apostolic Delegate, UK
Reference: Telegram 271 (AES 2701/43)
Location and date:
13.03.1943 @ 1520 hrs, arrived
@ 1800. Rome
Summary statement: The British government will permit the transport of Jewish children to
The Aliyah Association for Jewish immigration informed (?) the Holy Father (?) that the British government will permit Jewish children from all the states of Europe to travel to
they implore the help of the Holy See to help with the obtaining of visas. (2) Palestine
Notes of Domenico Tardini
The Holy See has never given approval for the project to make
a Jewish home. But, unfortunately, Palestine did not
spring … [sic] England
And the question of the Holy Places?
After audience with Maglione: Of interest for
. (4) Slovakia
(1) Aliyah – Hebrew “ascent”. Term used to describe immigration to
(2) See ADSS 9.171.
(3) See ADSS 9.191 where those reasons are more fully explained. At almost the same time Chaim Weizmann said during a meeting with officials of the US State Department: “ … I affirm again before you that
will never be an Arab country”. (FRUS 1943, IV, p762). But in the following September, President
Roosevelt put forward his preferred solution “toward a wider use of the idea of
trusteeship for Palestine – of making Palestine a real Holy Land for all three
religions …” (Ibid , p816). Palestine
(4) See ADSS 9.87, 89.