LONG BEACH, N.Y. — In the long and painful debate over whether he should have done more to halt the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators in World War II, Pope Pius XII has an unusual defender.
Gary Krupp, who is Jewish, says he grew up hating the late pontiff. Now, at 62, the retired Long Island businessman is caught up in the controversy over the Vatican’s effort to make Pius a saint. He says that as a Jew he’s not interested in the sainthood issue — he just wants to defend the wartime pope’s reputation from “the worst character”...
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