The Vatican Pimpernel

The Vatican Pimpernel

The World War II Exploits of the Monsignor Who Saved Over 6,500 Lives

eBook - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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. The first new telling of this extraordinary story in decades, this book also addresses the fascinating dichotomy between O?Flaherty and Herbert Kappler, the Gestapo chief in Rome who ordered him killed, and who, after the war, reconciled with the monsignor, and even asked him to perform his baptism. 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.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., 2012
ISBN: 9781620877562
1620877562
1616087021
9781616087029
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 212 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations, map

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at WPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top