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President Rivlin’s comment on the decision by Pope Francis to open the Vatican archives from the period of the Holocaust

President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Monday 4 March / 27 Adar I, commented on Pope Francis’s decision: “The brave and welcome decision by my friend Pope Francis, to authorize the opening of the Vatican archives for the period of the Holocaust, will allow free and unmediated access to records of the darkest period in human history. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This step is particularly important in these days of ongoing anti-Semitic attacks, the rewriting of history and attempts to deny the Holocaust.”

 President photo credit Silvia Golan

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 Yad Vashem's Response to the Vatican's Announcement to Open its Pius XII Archives

(4 March 2019 – Jerusalem) Yad Vashem commends the Vatican's decision to open the Pius XII Archives, covering the years 1939-1958. For years, Yad Vashem has called for the opening of these archives, which will enable objective and open research as well as comprehensive discourse on issues related to the conduct of the Vatican in particular, and the Catholic Church in general, during the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem expects that researchers will be granted full access to all documents stored in the archives.