High Treason - Pius XII, Stauffenberg and the Conspiracy against Hitler
Although the plot of the German resistance failed, the bravery of the Pope, according to the eminent historian Harold Deutsch “one of the most stunning events in the modern history of the papacy”, reveals a lot about his character. He was anything but the coward, Rolf Hochhuth made of him in his controversial play “The Deputy”, and even less John Cornwell’s “Hitler’s Pope”. Instead, the German historian Erich Kosthorst is right with his comment:
“When the Pope ignored all justified concerns and lent through his authority the best possible credence to the German Military Opposition, than this is a statesmanlike act of the highest rank. It does not loses its importance just because it did not create the peace it was supposed to serve.”
Also the men of the plot of July 20, 1944 did not lack of heroism just because their attempt failed so tragically.