May 12, 2009
Pope Benedict Disappoints
Der Spiegel, Der Spiegel
In the past, Pope Benedict XVI's speeches have gotten him in trouble. Visiting the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem on Monday, it was what he didn't say that irked his audience. Israel is disappointed, as are Jews in Germany.
In the Nazi extermination camps, prisoners scratched their names onto stones and scribbled them on pieces of paper or wood, and then buried them. They knew that they would not survive. But they wanted their names to live on.
Pope Benedict XVI speaking at Yad Vashem.
The pope's speech, though, fell flat. Immediately following his visit, the Yad Vashem Council released a statement expressing disappointment with the pope's comments at the monument. "He did not mention that it was the Nazis who did the murdering,...
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