LA GUERRA DEL SILENZIO una presentazione “esagerata”.
12 gennaio, Sala Buzzati, sede della Fondazione Corriere della Sera.
Il libro di Andrea Riccardi, La guerra del silenzio. Pio XII, il nazismo, gli ebrei – una presentazione così “esagerata” nel senso più profondo e intenso, come nella nostra milanesità intendiamo quando cadenziamo a voler intendere con ironia che è troppo.
Ci vuole la comprensione per leggere la Storia. E la Storia non giudica.
Macigni di Storia. E di grandezza.
Sarà perché ho avuto la fortuna di avere le nonne anziane e lucide e gli occhi che ricordano così nitidi non smettono mai di brillare…
E mi torna alla memoria quel grande gesto invece di Papa Giovanni Paolo II e le scuse agli Ebrei…i nostri fratelli maggiori.
Ma va bene anche oggi Andrea, ci hai pensato Tu. Non è facile parlare snocciolando del “silenzio di un Papa”.
THE WAR OF THE SILENCE an “exaggerated” presentation.
January 12, Sala Buzzati, headquarters of the Corriere Della Sera Foundation.
Andrea Riccardi’s book, The War of Silence. Pius XII, Nazism, the Jews – is such an “exaggerated” presentation in the deepest and most intense sense, as in our Milaneseness we mean when we cadence to want to intend with irony that it’s too much.
In this book, there is nothing ironic it’s really surprisingly “exaggerated”.
Immediately the speech on the understanding of Monsignor Delpini. Oh yes… our Archbishop of Milano opens with a torment that is not an easy solution.
It takes understanding to read history. And history doesn’t judge.
Then the President of the Corriere Della Sera Foundation, Ferruccio de Bortoli, former director of Corriere Della Sera, enters deeply into that restlessness of Pope Pio XII, of his Papacy during World War II.
With that revelation of the Bulgarian Metropolitan Plovdiv Cyril who threatened to lie down on the station platforms to stop the train of Bulgarian Jews headed for Auschwitz…
Boulders of History. And Greatness.
Inevitable mention of the terrible conflict in armed conflict that we are witnessing in the Russian Orthodox Church, now split into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
And then the jurist Forti, and the historian Giovagnoli so infinitely prepared. A bit too technical in the exposition, but I made it…
Liliana Segre was such a young witness while she told us the background of her terrible past, in search of her dad, her grandparents swallowed up like other millions of Jews.
Today you are 92 years old and yesterday evening you relived your meeting with Pope Pio XII through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old as you were… I seemed to see you there while you met Pope Pio XII’s gaze.
I was lucky enough to have elderly and bright grandmothers and the eyes that I remember so clearly that they never stop shining…
It immediately seemed to me like the prologue of a docu-film. The accurate historical analysis was there.
Senator Segre continued: “History is not made with “ifs” but if Pope Pius XII, as he did with open arms over Rome, I wondered if, with those same open arms, he could have stopped the train of deportees on October 16, 1943. Wouldn’t it was it a scream in front of the oppressor, a single gesture that would change his life and history? A choice he didn’t make. Yet his torment was clearly visible. I remember that at the end of the hearing – we were all kneeling – he said to me: “Get up, I have to kneel in front of you”.
And that great gesture comes back to mind instead of Pope John Paul II and the apologies to the Jews… our older brothers.
And the closing of the book by the author Andrea Riccardi with his infinite research clarifies the portrait of the Pope semi-known to many of us, full of questions, it’s true we had to find out sooner.
But Andrea is fine today too, you took care of it. It’s not easy to rattle off the “silence of a Pope”. There is so much research and passion and in-depth study required. And it takes the distance of time and from things, to understand and to pass on so much travail. I think…
Some people’s voices are denied and so make clear, which requires careful inspection, investigation, and psychological analysis of the entire system.
Eh what characters, did you introduce us…
A lot of history and analysis is taken from 40 years of research in the Vatican, in addition to the fascination of the story, of human uncertainties even so in contact with the Highest and remained in dramatic silence…
The presentation concluded with the halls of the Foundation filled to capacity, they paid tribute, ovation with loud applause.
I will read The Silent War. Pius XII, Nazism, and the Jews, as I do with the books that inspire me.