Yad Vashem Honors Italian Cardinal Who Rescued Jews

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, November 28 (CNA) .- Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as “Righteous Among the Nations” for his help in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution.

Yad Vashem said on Nov. 26 that the cardinal “played a central role in the organization and operation of a widespread rescue network.”


One should also never forget the behaviour of the Italian army in protecting Jews both in Italy and in occupied countries - see for example historian Jonathan Steinberg’s ‘All or Nothing’ and Benjamin Wood’s ‘Defying Evil’.

One of the biggest Italian cyclists of the time, Gino Bartali, saved many Jews by “training” by pulling a cart behind his bike to bring Jews to safety. A true hero.

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