The question of whether Pius XII and the Vatican must bear blame for failing to act decisively in response to Hitler’s Final Solution is as hotly debated today as in the years directly following World War II.
Inside The Vatican of Pius Xii presents for the first time the observations of an American diplomat who spent four years inside the Vatican. This memoir of Harold H. Tittmann, Jr., describes his encounters with Pius XII and offers details that give a full picture of daily life in the Vatican. Writing of his own activities as a diplomat, Tittmann chronicles his role in assisting and hiding escaped prisoners of war and his experiences navigating the tensions with the representatives of enemy states, with whom he lived side by side.
Deftly conveying the beauty and solemnity of events that took place in the dramatic settings of St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Pope’s private chapel, Tittmann’s work will be valued by historians and students of history for generations to come.
Harold H. Tittmann
Harold H. Tittmann, Jr. (1893-1981), served as a soldier during World War I and, after recovering from serious injuries, joined the Foreign Service, ultimately rising to the rank of Career Ambassador. The manuscript was edited by his son, Harold H. Tittmann III, who supplemented it with background information as well as his own childhood memories.