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Hitler may have tried stealing the Shroud of Turin

The Local · 8 Apr 2010, 11:58

Published: 08 Apr 2010 11:58 GMT+02:00

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The linen cloth, which some believe bears the imprint of Jesus’ face after his crucifixion, was allegedly of great interest to the dictator, and church officials feared he would try to steal it, Benedictine historian Andrea Davide Cardin told magazine “Diva e Donna.”

Reporting on the article, German daily Die Welt said Cardin found documents written by former Turin Archbishop Maurilio Fossati in 1938 that revealed Nazi leaders had asked “unusual and persistent” questions about the legendary relic and its location during a visit to Italy by Hitler in 1938.

The cloth was secretly moved from Turin to the southern Italian Montevergine abbey in 1939 for fear of bombing during World War II, but Cardin, who directs the abbey library, said he believed it may have actually been moved to hide it from the Nazis.

Because the Vatican was alarmed at Hitler’s interest in the relic, monks at the monastery hid the shroud in a choir altar. Later in 1943, German soldiers came to scrutinise the abbey, Die Welt said.

To distract the Nazis, monks gathered to hold a service in front of the altar where the shroud was concealed, and because a German commander had ordered troops not to disturb the worship, the relic remained safe from their grasp.

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It was not returned to Turin until 1946, the report said.

Pope Benedict XVI is expected to make a pilgrimage to see the shroud on May 2, Die Welt reported. The relic goes on public display for the first time in 10 years from April 10 to May 23.

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Your comments about this article

12:48 April 8, 2010 by William Thirteen
"a German commander had ordered troops not to disturb the worship". How considerate!
13:20 April 8, 2010 by whatzup
Calling Stephen Speilberg
14:22 April 8, 2010 by wood artist
Given the nature of the regime, it would have been more surprising if they didn't express an interest. Somewhere in there is a probably a great story, even without adding a "Hollywood dramatic flare" to the telling.

14:31 April 8, 2010 by dcgi
Are you sure this isn't a viral campaign for the next installment of Wolfenstein?
14:36 April 8, 2010 by dbert4
Interesting, it appears that was the only thing that was, "thwarted" by the vatican. Too bad that they weren't interested to thwart the behavior of their priests.
16:06 April 8, 2010 by josephjohnson1
Here is a great article about the shroud of Turin:


Joseph Johnson
17:34 April 8, 2010 by maxbrando
Even though I should have expected it from the callow young Germans, I am surprised about the shallow treatment/comments about the Church's most hallowed relic. Say this about Mohammed, you dingdongs. Let's see where your cowardliness kicks in. Go ahead say these things about Mohammed. Now
20:01 April 8, 2010 by wxman
I tend to agree with Jimbo. Hitler didn't give a damn about Christian icons. He was too busy exterminating Juden.
20:36 April 8, 2010 by Dinaricman
It would have been better if he had tried to steal Telsa's death ray or the Spruce Goose.
01:46 April 9, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I must say "Sehr Interessante".

With all of the Nazi and Holocaust movies that have come out over the last 2 years, I'm surprised that there hasn't been one that truly examines the behavoir of Hitler.

The truth is truly a wonderful concept.
11:09 April 9, 2010 by Igelchen
This would have made a much better Indiana Jones movie than those crystal skulls...
18:04 April 10, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I'd say the shroud of Turin has about as much legitimacy as the image of the virgin Mary on a toasted cheese sandwich. Gullible people see whatever they want to see. The church should sell the damn thing on eBay to raise money to compensate the children diddled by the Catholic clergy.
20:39 April 15, 2010 by askfrasco
I am researching the story of the Spear of Christ, also known as the Spear of Destiny, or the Holy Lance. I would like to connect with individuals, or groups, that are still looking for the Spear. I want to find out the latest information on the Spear, its true location and its ultimate mission in today¦#39;s world. I am researching who is still on the quest for the Spear and why.

Please contact one@decodedtv.com

Thank you so very much,

19:24 May 15, 2010 by fred ablitt
I am a dedicated catholic, I feel impelled to give my testimony because one needs to witness to the truth where and when necessary. In 1981 I was very privileged to have had a vision of our lord Jesus Christ in a historic church that was dedicated to St.Peter and St.Paul, I saw our Lords face, so sad.And the crown of thorns on his head so clear was this vision i could see the string of thorns encircled many times and the thorns so clear as if one would be pricked by them, I was totally awestruck and as you can imagine this vision took me from being a christian with many question marks to a fervent believer, after the vision i went to my mothers home when i went in to her living room i told my mother of my wonderful vision and was overwhelmed to discover that my mother had a copy of the shroud of Turin on her wall.I immediately said to my mother, this is Jesus Christ, this is who i saw actually as he is. It is him. The holy shroud image is that Of Jesus Christ, I can¦#39;t prove it but i would lay my life on this because it is true. I have since 1981 had many other experiences which have also confirmed to me the authenticity of the holy shroud and that it is of our Lord Jesus Christ. One day it will be recognised as true and venerated as the wonderful relic that it is, and i look forward to that day. Yours in Christ … Fred
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