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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While serving his sentence in prison, Herbert Kappler divorced his first wife and married his nurse, Anneliese, in 1972. In 1975 he was diagnosed with cancer. As the authorities refused to release him, in 1977 Anneliese carried Kappler out of prison in a large suitcase (he weighed less than 105 pounds at the time). They escaped to West Germany where Kappler died six months later. See more
When Hugh O'Flaherty escapes from the Gestapo by disguising himself as a coal hauler, the SS officer who stops to question him wears rank insignia on the wrong side of the uniform collar. 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