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Kazimierz Papée

From 1932 was Polish High Commissioner of Danzig. In 1938 relocated to Prague as envoy to Czechoslovakia, siding with the Czechs against Germany in the Sudetenland crisis. In 1939, he was appointed Polish ambassador to the Holy See.

Kazimierz Papée

From 1932 was Polish High Commissioner of Danzig. In 1938 relocated to Prague as envoy to Czechoslovakia, siding with the Czechs against Germany in the Sudetenland crisis. In 1939, he was appointed Polish ambassador to the Holy See.

Diplomats who knew Pope Pius XI (e.g. the French ambassador) say that during the previous pontificate reactions to the German-Soviet pact would have been much stronger than currently. Ambassador Charles-Roux, apart from the publicised meeting also held a second talk with Pius XII. He claims that the Pope’s assessment of the situation is "very near to ours". See more

The Holy Father then bitterly complained about the constraints on any Church work in Germany, making the Catholic Action impossible, it is barely possible to work in the Church, and even then, not so much.

Afterward, the Pope asked about the situation in Gdańsk while looking up the correct name for Gdańsk in Latin and Polish in the "Annuario Pontificio". Since I was authorized to do so, I described the Gdańsk issue, starting with the Polish-German agreement of January 1934, on the basis of which an understanding was reached.

After the audience, the Pope made me stay me for over half an hour of conversation. First of all, he asked how the President of the Republic is doing, is he in Warsaw at the moment, and is he going to go on holiday this summer. Then, moving on to the political situation, the Pope spoke about his peace mediation, saying that he did everything he could for peace, "that in Berlin it is very difficult to do anything". See more