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Sciolino recognized for book on Holocaust, church

Retired Monroe County Family Court Judge Anthony Sciolino and his wife Gloria are pictured at the 2013 Independent Publishers Book Awards ceremony in New York City on May 29. Judge Sciolino’s book “The Holocaust, the Church and the Law of Unintended Consequences” was named winner of the 2013 silver medal for world history. Courtesy Mark Hare

Retired Monroe County Family Court Judge Anthony J. Sciolino’s book on the 2,000-year history of Christian anti-Judaism and its role in the Holocaust has been named winner of the 2013 silver medal for world history from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The book, “The Holocaust, the Church and the Law of Unintended Consequences,” was published in December by iUniverse. It examines Christian anti-Judaism and its role in paving the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and the killing of six million Jews.

The systematic Nazi campaign to extinguish European Jews might have been prevented or at least minimized had it not been for centuries of scapegoating, demonizing, marginalizing and persecution, all of which were encouraged and sometimes initiated by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, according to the book.

Judge Sciolino received his medal May 29 at a ceremony in New York City. The book awards kick-off the annual BookExpo America convention.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended “to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university and self-published titles published each year,” according to its website at www.independentpublisher.com.

Judge Sciolino, also an ordained Roman Catholic deacon, said he wrote the book as a reminder that the forces of bigotry and fear are as real today as ever and must, as always, be opposed by people of good will.

Courtesy of Anthony Sciolino

The book resulted, in part, from his participation as a presenter in an interfaith adult education course, “The 2,000 Year Road to the Holocaust,” that he took in 2007, not long after he retired. His research led to the presentation of a scholarly paper on the Holocaust at the 42nd annual Scholar’s Conference on the Holocaust, conducted by Monroe Community College in May 2012 and then the book which is available at BarnesandNoble.com and other online booksellers.

The book is being read by members of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys book club to be discussed at its next meeting at 7 p.m. July 9.

Judge Sciolino, a native of Rochester, earned his law degree in 1970 from Cornell Law School. He also holds a master’s in theology from St. Bernard’s School of Theology & Ministry in Pittsford where he resides with his wife Gloria. Their daughter, Kate, lives in Colorado.

Judge Sciolino was first elected to the Monroe County Family Court bench in 1986. He was re-elected in 1996 and retired in December 2006 at the end of his second 10-year term. In 2000, he became presiding judge of the Monroe County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Sciolino served on the Rochester City Council, as an assistant district attorney and worked in private practice.

One comment

  1. Although I have not read this new book, I can only comment on its cover. The appearance of priests with hands held high in a Nazi Salute is reminiscent of the discredited and fictitious book The Deputy. The Deputy depicts what the Penguin Publishing originally claimed was Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII), walking out of Gestapo Headquarters in 1939 when in fact it was Pacelli leaving Von Hindenburg’s birthday party in 1927. Similarly a photo of the author winning an award for this book is just like director Herman Shmulin winning a Tony Award in 1964 for the performance of The Deputy in New York. The Deputy I might add has been discredited and declared fiction by some of the most prominent historians in the world most including Jewish Historian Sir Martin Gilbert.
    Spending the last several years locating and posting on line over 76000 pages of original documents, news articles and eye witness testimonies, on our website ( http://www.ptwf.org ),proves beyond reasonable doubt that the Catholic Church did more than any other religious group to defeat Nazism and save Jews. It also did so from ground zero surrounded by hostile forces and infiltrated by Nazi spies.
    Since the pope and the Church have no power to dictate political views of their followers or priests, there were Catholics who were devout Nazis just as there were Nazi Jews. A picture of them to represent the entire church is offensive and historically inaccurate. This I personally say as a proud Jew.
    This book’s cover photo is as offensive and inaccurate as photos of the cruelest of Nazi guards “the Jewish Kapos” and blaming all of the Jews for their actions.