Nazi Germany considered the Catholic Church to be a serious threat to its domestic security and its international ambitions. In Germany, informants provided intelligence, but in Rome, German attempts to penetrate the Papacy were less successful - except for the codebreaking work.
Choice- "a lucid and fascinating analysis of Nazi attempts to understand Vatican startegies in WW II…a valuable contribution to scholarly literature…"
Military and Bravo veterans Outlook Magazines
"Written by the leading authorities on Vatican history, David Alvarez and Robert A. Grahaam, SJ, Nothing Sacred: Nazi Espionage Against the Vastican 1939-1945 not only provides fascinating reading for those interested in World War II history, intelligence studies , and the history of the Roman Catholic Church but contributes to illuminating a "missing dimension" to the history of that conflict."
International Intelligence and History Study Group Newsletter - Reviewed by John S COnway - Uni of British Columbia -"the authors succeed very well in depicting vividly the turgid, claustrophobic, and conspiratorial atmosphere which prevailed during those fateful years."
Katholiek Dutch - in Dutch
International History Review- March 99
American Historical Review - "the book contributes to the growing body of literature demonstrating the Vatican"s importance in twentieth-century diplomatic affairs"
Catholic Historical Review, Vol 86, No 1, Jan 2000
"An illuminating detective investigation through the halls of the Vatican during World War II.
The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.