His mother, desperate, unconscious, while the city was overwhelmed with regret. With this grisly scene, which would mark the family forever, David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation into the dramatic kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, who shows us how, over time, the entrenched anti-Semitism of the Catholic Church would contribute to the collapse of its own temporary power in Italy.
A crucial story, incredibly ignored by contemporary historians, which uncovers a position of the Catholic Church that was going to have dire consequences in the twentieth century.
Answer on Catholic Church kidnappings: the child Edgardo Mortara, why is it little known?
This isn't the only time. The Catholic Church took in thousands of Jewish children during the war, and then refused to allow them to return to their families afterwards. AND refused to tell those children who were too young to know it, that they were Jews.
What began as a rescue became a kidnapping, and even today they Church still refuses to give out the list of names of these children to Jewish organizations who have been trying for decades to get it.