NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
9th July, 1933 : The new concordat between the Holy See and the German Reich was initialled today by Cardinal Pacelli, the Papal Secretary of State, and Herr von Papen, the German Vice-Chancellor. Within an hour of signing, Herr Hitler rescinded his orders dissolving Roman catholic organisations. Later, addressing 70,000 Storm troopers, he said the treaty and the disappearance of the Catholic Party signified the end of the fight for political power. “There are gigantic tasks before us, but we shall master them,” he said. “No one can resist us”.
[ Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli became Pope Pius XII in March 1939 and died in 1958 ]