Pope calls Nazi camps 'a symbol of evil'

German-born Pope Benedict XVI remembers two saints who perished in concentration camps.

By
August 9, 2009 14:03
1 minute read.
Pope calls Nazi camps 'a symbol of evil'

pope yad vashem 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Nazi concentration camps were "extreme symbols of evil" and hell on earth, Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday. Speaking to pilgrims gathered at the Castel Gandolfo papal retreat for Sunday's traditional Angelus prayer, the pontiff said concentration camps are a symbol of the "hell that comes to earth when man forgets God and replaces him, usurping his right to decide what is right and what is wrong, to give life and death." The German-born Benedict was forced to join the Hitler Youth, and on Sunday was remembering two saints who had died in concentration camps. During a visit to Israel in May, the pope visited Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and paid tribute to the memory of six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. During his speech, he pledged to work tirelessly to prevent such hatred from recurring in the hearts of mankind again. "I have come to stand in silence before the monument erected to honor the millions of Jews killed in the horrific tragedy of the Shoah," Benedict said in his speech. "They lost their lives, but they will never lose their names. These are indelibly etched in the hearts of their loved ones, their surviving fellow prisoners, and all those determined never to allow such an atrocity to disgrace mankind again." Etgar Lefkovits contributed to this report

Related Content

NOT FOR much longer. A man protests against Brexit in London.
August 17, 2018
London mayor Khan consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit

By REUTERS