David Kertzer – The Pope at War

martedì 10 maggio 2022 18:00
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italia
Detail of the cover of David Kertzer's book The Pope at War, showing a yellow and orange tinted photograph of a Roman avenue, with a car and men on motorcycles driving toward the photographer; to the right and left sides of the road are soldiers on horseback

Detail of the cover of David Kertzer’s new book, The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

A Friends of the Library Lecture on the topic of a new book, The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler by the historian David Kertzer (2000 Resident), will take place at the Academy with the author. Also speaking are Ruth Ben-Ghiat (2022 Resident), Lutz Klinkhammer (German Historical Institute in Rome), Simon Levis Sullam (University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari), and Marla Stone, Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor (1996 Fellow).

Based on newly opened Vatican archives, The Pope at War is a riveting book about Pope Pius XII and his actions during World War II, including how he responded to the Holocaust. Kertzer is the Paul Dupee Jr. University Professor of Social Science and a professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University, where he served as provost from 2006 to 2011. He is the author of twelve books, including The Pope and Mussolini (2014), winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

The Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture, to be presented in person at the Academy as well as on Zoom, is free and open to the public. To watch on Zoom, please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Friends of the Library supports the Academy’s Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library through annual dues and special initiatives. The group also helps to raise awareness of the Library’s resources through regular programs. Join online today!


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