Deputy FM Melchior: Lack of Vatican cooperation in Pius XII investigation

(Communicated by Deputy Foreign Minister’s Spokesman)
July 25, 2001

Today, (Wednesday) 25.7.2001, Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior released the following statement:

Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior supports the historians’ decision to halt the work of the Joint Jewish-Catholic commission of enquiry into Pius XII due to lack of Vatican cooperation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Melchior said he expects the Vatican to cooperate in the world wide effort to expose the truth of the Holocaust period and open its archives. The Deputy Minister emphsizes that the good understanding reached between Jews and Catholics in recent years is based on the principle that a better future can be built on the basis of truth and coping with the past, even if it is difficult.