Rorate coeli is a conservative blog quite sympathetic to the Lefebvrite FSSPX. It has just posted what it thinks is the first English translation of the pastoral letter issued by the bishops of the Netherlands on the deportation of the Jewish population. Issued seventy years ago on July 20, 1942, it was read, despite threats from the occupying German authorities, from Catholic pulpits on the 26th. According to accompanying commentary and further discussion on the site, the response of the authorities was an immediate intensification of actions against Catholics and in particular against Jewish converts to Catholicism. Among the latter were Edith Stein and her sister who were arrested a week later, deported to Auschwitz, and gassed, it is thought, on August 9th. This reaction is said to have influenced Pius XII in his decisions as to how to respond to the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews.