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Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John (1973)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  22 April 1973 (USA)
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During World War II, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli attempts to save Jews in Italy from Nazi exterminators.



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Cast overview:
Don Galloway ...
Monsignor Thomas Ryan
David Opatoshu ...
Rabbi Isaac Herzog
Numan Menemengioglu
Calheiros de Menezes
Col. Gunter Kroll
Captain Melech Ben Zvi
Aliza Gur ...
Rachel Friedman (as Alizia Gur)
Gil Anav ...
Joseph Kahn
Penny Santon ...
Maria Roncalli
Peter von Zerneck ...
Diana Ferziger ...
Clete Roberts ...
Clete Roberts


During World War II, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli attempts to save Jews in Italy from Nazi exterminators.

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22 April 1973 (USA)  »

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L'homme qui s'appelait Jean  »

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The Church Did Try to Save Jews in World War II; This Film Shows How
20 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Roman Catholic Church has come under attack recently for its supposed "silence" with regard to the Holocaust in World War II. This is a rare film that demonstrates the actual record.

Angelo Roncalli, who later became Pope John XXIII, was serving as the Holy See's Apostolic Nuncio (ambassador) to Turkey in World War II when Germany sought to pressure Turkey to expel Jewish refugees there. The film shows how Roncalli foiled this effort. His was one of many similar efforts across Europe.

I would also recommend, for those interested in films in this general area, "The Scarlet and the Black," a 1983 made-for-TV movie with Gregory Peck as Monsignor Flanigan and Christopher Plummer as the Nazi officer.

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