In the darkest days of World War II, St. Peter's was shrouded in the shadow of the swastika. But even as the Fuhrer surrounded him, the Pope was plotting a secret counter-offensive. Wartime Pontiff Pius XII has been derided for his public silence about the Holocaust. But evidence suggests his silence may have been subterfuge. And the man branded as "Hitler's Pope" may actually have wanted to eliminate him. Pius brokered a secret deal with German rebels to stage a coup. Meanwhile, a network of Church spies put the plans in motion. Catholic couriers shuttled coded messages between Rome and Berlin, while conspirators convened in the crypt of St. Peter. It is a chapter of the war long forgotten. A secret showdown between the Vicar of Christ and the anti-Christ. Pope vs. Hitler is a thrilling two-hour docudrama special that explores one of the least known stories of World War II - the role of the Vatican in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
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