Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian Resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, but O'Flaherty's activities become so large that the Nazis decide to assassinate him the next time he leaves the Vatican. O'Flaherty continues his work in a variety of disguises. Based on a true story. Written by
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General Max Helm (Herbert Kappler's superior officer depicted in the film) is based on the real life character of Karl Wolff
. Wolff was the Supreme SS Commander (or SS Obergruppenführer) for the Nazis in Italy and was third in command of the entire SS. Wolff survived the war and was found not guilty of war crimes. His real name could not be used in this film as at the time, the former SS General was still alive in 1981. He lived to an old age and died in 1984. See more
In at least four scenes, Herbert Kappler wears a black SS parade tunic instead of his usual office gray uniform. By 1943, when the film is set, the SS had completely phased the black SS tunic out of service and this uniform would not have been worn at even the most formal of functions. See more
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
Colonel, do I get the idea that you're tryin' to put a crimp in my social life?
Col. Herbert Kappler
Damn you and damn your social life, priest!
References Massacre in Rome