Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ADSS 10.405 Rotta to Sec State - Soviet troops in Hungary

Reference: Telegram 322 (AES 8088/44)

Location and date: Budapest, 24.11.1944 @ 16.36 (Rec’d Rome 25.11.1944 @ 12.00)

Summary statement: Cardinal Seredi (Ezstergom) has asked that the pope use his influence with the Allies to prevent rape of women by Soviet troops in Hungary.

Language: Italian


The Cardinal Primate (1) asks that His Holiness would deign to ask the Allied governments to exercise influence on Russia to prevent abuses especially violence against women by soldiers in occupied Hungary. (2)

Note of Montini:
After audience with His Holiness: To the Nuncio in Berlin (sic). Received request.

Note of Tardini:
26.11.1944: His Excellency the Substitute communicated the order of the Holy Father to do something (telegram to Washington). (3)

(1) Cardinal Primate Justinian Seredi.
(2) See ADSS 10.356.
(3) See ADSS 10.411*

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