Saturday, May 21, 2005

Another True Hero

For the Roman Wanderer(-ess), I provide an Italian tidbit for you all. The ADL honored an Italian police chief for saving Jews during the Holocaust. Posthumously they presented the League's Courage to Care Award to Giovanni Palatucci, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews marked for Nazi death camps. How? He provided them with forged documents and visas.

In 1944, he was accused of conspiracy and deported to Dachau, where he died at age 36 shortly before the camp was liberated.

What an amazing, brave soul.


At 6:35 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Really cool to see him recognized in the US

At 6:35 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

(for example, has anything been done here for Giorgio Perlasca?)

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Rachel Croucher said...

sounds like Chiune Sugihara, but Sugihara didn't forge documents, he ignored higher orders to hand out visas

brave, amazing characters

At 2:53 AM, Blogger MissingLink said...

True hero.
And no happy ending.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

I will agree with Felis.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

I thought that his heroism was made into a movie? This is all I was able to find ...

I believe that there are many stories such as this that have been lost to the passage of time. Death, loss of memory and other sequential events may have robbed "us" from knowing about them? Political concerns may have also allowed them to be removed from common memory ...

Be safe!


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