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Past Event

Open and Accessible: Taking Stock of the Vatican's Holocaust-Era Archives

In March 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis said—now famously—that “the Church is not afraid of history.” The pope was speaking about opening the estimated 16 million pages of archival material for the pontificate of Venerable Pius XII (1939–1958), which became accessible for research in March 2020.

February 2023 marks nearly three years since one of the most important new archives related to the Holocaust opened. What does the process of research in these archives look like on the ground? What have scholars discovered? What crucial questions remain, and how do they reshape our understanding of this era?


This program is supported by Taube Philanthropies and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Logos: Taube Philanthropies, United States Holocaust Museum

February 7, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Suzanne Brown-Fleming

Ph.D., Director, International Academic Programs, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Alexis Herr

Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History, University of San Francisco

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Jason DeRose

Western Bureau Chief, NPR News—Moderator