A Special Mission: Hitler’s Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: George K. Wilson, Dan Kurzman

Narrated By:

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2007

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes


In September 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome and ordered SS General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler’s chief aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap (and perhaps kill) Pope Pius XII. At the same time, plans were being made to deport Rome’s Jews to Auschwitz. Wolff began playing a dangerous game: stalling Hitler’s plot against the pope, whom he hoped would save him from the noose in case Germany lost the war. To save Pius, Wolff and fellow conspirators blackmailed him into silence when the Jews were rounded up, hoping that Hitler would rescind his order.

“Kurzman does a good job of telling a suspenseful and little-known story of WWII intrigue.”--Publishers Weekly