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Vatican Pimpernel The World War II Exploits of the Monsignor Who Saved over 6,500 Lives
Category: Books > Biographies > Biographies
Author/Artist: FLEMING BRIAN
ISBN / ID: 9781616087029
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Binding: PAPERBACK
Price: AU$29.95
  
Description: During the German occupation of Rome from 1942–1944, Irishman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty ran an escape organization for Allied POWs and civilians, including Jews. Safe within the Vatican state, he regularly ventured out in disguise to continue his mission, which earned him the nickname “the Pimpernel of the Vatican.” When the Allies entered Rome, he and his collaborators— priests, nuns, and laypeople of numerous nationalities and religious beliefs—had saved the lives of over 6,500 people. For his heroic efforts, O’Flaherty was awarded the highest honors, including a Congressional Medal, and was the first Irishman named the Notary of the Holy Office. His story was immortalized in the 1983 film The Scarlet and the Black, which starred Gregory Peck as O’Flaherty.
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