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Published on Feb 27, 2010
January 1940, Rome
Title Board: 1939-02 Poznań, Primate of Poland, Archbishop August Hlond walks by the Honor Guard at the Poznań Railway station. Next to Cardinal there`s General Franciszek Wład, behind there`s Poznań voivode, Artur Maruszewski. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_H...
Following a December 1939, report from August Hlond, detailing the oppression of the Catholic Church in Poland, Pope Pius XII decided, among other measures, to use Vatican Radio to provide "information regarding the condition of the church in Poland." The German broadcast on January 21, 1940, compared German activities to "what the Communists imposed on Spain in 1936."; the English service noted the attacks on the Church were not limited to the Soviets. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Piu...
During World War II, Vatican Radio's news broadcasts were (like all foreign broadcasts) banned in Germany.
In January 1940, Vatican Radio broadcast August Hlond's reports of German persecution of Jews and the Catholic clergy in Poland. These reports were included in the report of the Polish government to the Nuremberg Trials after the war.
Cardinal August Hlond reported in August 1941 to the secretary of state that the Polish people believed Pope Pius XII had abandoned them. This was said in light of the Nazi persecution of the Polish church and clergy.
Archbishop Hlond lived in southern France from 1940 to 1944 during most of World War II. He was arrested by the Gestapo on February 3, 1944, but was freed by the Allies on April 1, 1945. He returned to Poznań on July 20, 1945. He was transferred to Warsaw and named primate of Poland on June 13, 1946. He strongly opposed the communist regime there.