The Vatican Pimpernel: The World War II Exploits of the Monsignor Who Saved Over 6,500 Lives [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Vatican Pimpernel: The World War II Exploits of the Monsignor Who Saved Over 6,500 Lives

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Overview


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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620877562
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 456,335
  • File size: 441 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Fleming is a former member of the Oireachtas and has been a teacher for many years. He is currently principal of Collinstown
Park Community College. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Cast of Characters x

Map of the Vatican xii

Introduction 1

1 Rome 1941 3

2 A Young Priest in the Vatican 14

3 The Germans Take Charge 30

4 A Clerical Coalman 42

5 Sam Derry 59

6 More Volunteers 70

7 Christmas 1943 80

8 A Night at the Opera 94

9 Warning Shots 108

10 Chasing the Pimpernel 120

11 Oppression and Fear 136

12 The Liberation 152

13 Critics and Admirers 169

14 An Unsung Hero 183

References 197

Sources 205

Index 208

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